Maureen Norton-Hawk, PhD

Professor Emerita, Sociology

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Education

  • PhD, Northeastern University
  • MS, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
  • MS, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BA, Mary Washington College

Research Interests

  • Women
  • Women in conflict with the law
  • Drugs and society, both national and international
  • Criminal justice policy and research in the United States and Latin America

Employment History

  • 2014-present
    Professor, Department of Sociology, Suffolk University
  • 2001-2014
    Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Suffolk University
  • 1997-2001
    Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Suffolk University
  • 1996-1997
    Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, Suffolk University
  • 1993-1996
    Instructor, Department of Sociology, Suffolk University
  • 1989-1996
    Instructor, Department of Sociology, Northeastern University

Publications

Articles

  • 2012 “Mothering in the shadow of the U.S. correctional system” S.Sered & M.Norton-Hawk. In Anthropology of Mothering (eds.) M.Walks & N.McPherson. Demeter Press.
  • 2011 “Whose Higher Power: Criminalized Women Confront the Twelve Steps” S.Sered & M. Norton-Hawk Feminist Criminology 6 (4): 308-322.
  • 2011 “Overdetermination and resistance: The case of criminalized women” S.Sered & M.Norton-Hawk.Feminist Theory.12(3): 317-333.
  • 2010 "Exporting gender injustice: Impact of the U.S. war on drugs on Ecuadorian women" Critical Criminology, forthcoming.
  • 2009 "Criminal record decision making and private employers in the city of Boston" Justice Policy Journal, E. Gebo & M. Norton-Hawk, 6(1), Spring.
  • 2009 "A needs assessment of incarcerated women in Ecuador: Focal Research in An Invitation to Social Research: How It's Done." Adler/Clark, 4th edition. J.H. Harrison & M. Norton-Hawk.
  • 2008 “Why Healthcare Services for Post-Incarceration Women Are Ineffective” in Women, Girls and Criminal Justice, M. Norton-Hawk and S. Sered, 9:6.81.91.
  • 2008 “Disrupted lives, fragmented care: Illness experiences of criminalized women” Women and Health, Women and Health, S. Sered & M. Norton-Hawk, 48:1. 43-63.
  • 2004 “A comparison of pimp-controlled versus non-pimp controlled prostitutes” Violence Against Women, 10(2):189-194.
  • 2003 “Social class, drugs, gender and the limitations of the law: Contrasting the elite prostitute with the street prostitute,” Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, 29:115-131.
  • 2003 “The forgotten victims: The children of incarcerated mothers” Women, Girls & Criminal Justice, 4:1. 5-6.
  • 2002 “The lifecourse of prostitution,” Women, Girls & Criminal Justice, 3:1, 1, 7-9.
  • 2001 "The counter-productivity of incarcerating female street prostitutes,” Deviant Behavior, 221:5, 403-418.
  • 1997 "Prevalence of drug use in pregnancy: Assessment, critique and policy implications," Journal of Drug Issues, 27:3, 447-462.
  • 1994 "How social policies make matters worse," Journal of Drug Issues, 24:3, 517-526.

Technical Reports

  • 2007 “Barriers to Health Care for Women who have been Incarcerated” Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety Department of Parole Reentry.
  • 2007 “Student interactions and perception of police: Everett Massachusetts” sponsored by the Suffolk University Juvenile Justice Center.
  • 2007 “Student interactions and perception of police: Cambridge Massachusetts” sponsored by the Suffolk University Juvenile Justice Center.
  • 2006 “Hospital Safe Bed Availability in Massachusetts” commissioned by the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
  • 2005 “Pathway to prison” Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Corrections, MCI-Framingham.
  • 2003 “Family network and children’s needs” commissioned by West Roxbury District Court, West Roxbury Massachusetts.
  • 1999 "Needs assessment of children of incarcerated mothers: Nashua Street Jail" Technical Report commissioned by Commonwealth of Massachusetts-Office of the Trial Court, November.
  • 1998 "Lifecourse of street prostitution" Technical Report commissioned by Boston Police Department.

Professional Activity

Current Research

  • 2007-present, Longitudinal study of women post incarceration “Where are they now? Middle-aged women post incarceration.”
  • 2006-present, Survey of employees use of criminal background checks.
  • 2005-present, Qualitative analysis “Impact of the U.S. War on Drugs on Incarceration of Women and Children in Ecuador.”

Invited Guest Speaker

  • March 2009 "Treating the Addictions" Cambridge Health Alliance Harvard Medical School.
  • May 2008 “The Gendered Impact of the U.S. War on Drugs in Ecuador” United Nations Women’s Development Fund Boston.
  • May 2006 “Alternatives to Prostitution: Visions for Change” Suffolk County House of Corrections-South Bay.
  • July 2005 “Girl Trouble” Commonwealth of Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators.
  • December 2004 “Pathway to prison: Incarcerated females at Suffolk County House of Corrections-South Bay” Criminal Justice Agencies Researchers Group, Milford, Massachusetts.
  • December 2003 Speaker “Understanding and responding to special needs of female offenders” Massachusetts Trial Court Office of the Commissioner of Probation, Clinton, Massachusetts.
  • October 2003 Speaker “Violence Against Women Act S.T.O.P. grant Technical Assistance Conference, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • September 2003 Keynote Speaker. “Addressing prostitution effectively” Commonwealth of Massachusetts Administrative Office of the Trial Court Judicial Institute, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • June 2003 “Children of female offenders in America” Sociology Department University of Yerevan, Yerevan, Armenia.
  • December 2002 “The female offender and her children” PHARE Office of Ministry of Education, Budapest, Hungary.
  • April 2002 “A question of justice: Women offenders and their children” Women’s Research Council University of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • January 2001 “Female offender profile: Seeking equity in an inequitable system” Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives Women’s Caucus Task Force on Criminal Justice, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • June 2000 “Prostitution and the criminal justice system” Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • May 1998 "Prostitution and American minorities" UNESCO Conference on Minority Problems, Budapest, Hungary.

Academic Presentations

  • August 2008 “Differential Enforcement: Women in Prostitution in Boston” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Boston.
  • March 2008 “Barriers to healthcare for women who have been incarcerated” American Criminal Justice Society.
  • March 2008 “Criminal records: Employer hiring preferences and perceptions about the process” American Criminal Justice Society.
  • March 2008 “Unintended consequences: The gendered impact of the U.S. war on drugs in Ecuador” American Criminal Justice Society.
  • May 2006 “Employment Screening and Criminal Records” Suffolk University Academic Conference.
  • June 2005 “Things Just Stay the Same: Ninety Years of Females Incarcerated in Massachusetts” Law and Society Conference Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • October 2005 “Constrained Choices: Juvenile Females, Violence and Aggression” Massachusetts Bay Transportation Association Training provided by the Juvenile Justice Center at Suffolk University.
  • March 2003 “Social class, drugs, gender and the limitations of the law: Contrasting the elite prostitute with the street prostitute” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • September 2003 “Working with the female offender” Forensic Access to Community Services, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • November 2003 “The life experiences of pimp vs non-pimp controlled prostitutes”American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.
  • June 2002 “Crimes without victims and social class: Contrasting the elite and the street prostitute” Law and Society Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • January 2001 "Female offender profile" Commonwealth of Massachusetts-Working Group on Women in Prison House of Representatives, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • August 2001 "Profile of Massachusetts female offenders" Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives, Boston, Massachusetts, Aired on Gavel to Gavel.
  • June 2001 "The need for a coordinated public health and criminal approach to crime" Massachusetts Public Health Association, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • July 2001 "Pushing the problem in the future: Criminal law's failure to take into account the children of female inmates" Law and Society Association, Budapest, Hungary.
  • November 2001 “Women are different: The criminal justice’s failure to acknowledge the differing needs of the female offender” IV International Workshop Women in the XXI Century, Havana, Cuba.
  • October 2001 “The forgotten victims: The children of incarcerated females” New England Council on Crime and Delinquency, North Conway, New Hampshire.
  • September 2000 "Female offenders: Seeking equity in an inequitable system" National Association of Social Workers, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • March 2000 "The needs of children of incarcerated mothers" Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • December 2000 "Needs assessment of the children of incarcerated mothers" Women's Resource Center, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
  • December 2000 "Female offenders in the criminal justice system" Suffolk County Sheriffs Department Directions 2000, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • October 2000 "Female offender profile" Women's Resource Center, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
  • August 2000 "Who are the female offenders?" Commonwealth of Massachusetts Administrative Branch of the Trial Court-Office of Community Corrections, Marlboro, Massachusetts.
  • July 2000 "Needs assessment of the children of incarcerated mothers" Commonwealth of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • June 2000 "Focus on the female offender" Commonwealth of Massachusetts Administrative Branch of the Trial Court-Office of the Commissioner of Probation, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • April 2000 "Needs assessment of the children of incarcerated mothers" Adcare Criminal Justice Services, Brewster, Massachusetts.
  • March 2000 "Needs assessment of the children of incarcerated mothers" Commonwealth of Massachusetts Administrative Branch of the Trial Court-Office of Community Corrections, Boston, Massachusetts.

Invited Interviews

  • July 2008 “Demand Side of Prostitution” with Ambassador Swanee Hunt.
  • October 2005 Interview by Girls’ Coalition of Greater Boston published in Girl Matters.
  • November 2003 Interview by Boston Globe on teenage prostitution.
  • January 2002 Interview by Monte Morin Los Angeles Times on street prostitution.
  • April 2001 Interview by Boston Globe on sentencing guidelines
  • January 2001 Quoted in American Prospect, 12:1, 33-37.

Community Service

  • October 2005 Consultant for Suffolk County House of Corrections-South Bay Statistical Analysis.
  • June 2005 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety Dedicated External Female offender Review Panel.
  • March 2004 National Institute of Justice Consultant
  • December 2003 Elected to the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • November 2003 Elected to the board of directors at the Sex Workers Project at The Urban Institute, New York, New York.
  • August 2002 English instructor for Russian children in Novosibirsk Russia.
  • July 2002 Elected to the Steering Committee on Working Group on Female Prostitution, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • June 2001 Elected to the Steering Committee of the Women's Working Group on Women in Prisons, House of Representatives, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • April 2001 Elected to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizen's Academy, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • April 2001 Elected to the Steering Committee of the Criminal Justice Policy Committee, Boston, Massachusetts.

Suffolk University Service

  • 2000-present Director of the Masters of Criminal Justice Internship and Practicum Program
  • 2000-present Instructor Suffolk University’s Dean College
  • 1999-present Academic Standing Committee
  • 1996-present Faculty Advisor
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Courses Taught

  • Drugs and Society
  • Corrections
  • Social Theory
  • Social Research Methods