Rebecca Stone, PhD

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice

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On Leave, Fall 2020.


Dr. Rebecca Stone became an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Suffolk University in Fall 2017. Prior to arriving at Suffolk, she was a lecturer at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Stone received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University in 2014. She also holds a Masters in Public Health from Michigan State.

Dr. Stone’s primary areas of research expertise are women’s victimization and criminal offending, public health approaches to crime prevention and reduction, and qualitative research methods. She maintains an active research agenda with a focus on qualitative methods, particularly those consistent with the traditions of narrative criminology. Her current research focuses on identity change and desistance, particularly for women with histories of both criminal offending and substance abuse. An additional area of interest is pregnant women and substance use, particularly as an issue at the intersection of public health and criminal justice. Her scholarship is shaped by a commitment to feminist criminology and to social justice, especially regarding race, class, gender, and health. Her research appears in such journals as British Journal of Criminology, Feminist Criminology, Race and Justice, and Justice Research and Policy.


  • Ph.D. School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, 2014
  • M.P.H. College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, 2012
  • M.S. School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, 2009
  • B.A. School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, 2007

Research Interests

  • Theories of Desistance
  • Narrative Criminology
  • Women in Crime
  • Feminist Criminology
  • Public Health


Please see my Google Scholar profile for an up-to-date list of publications.

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Courses Taught

  • Crime Mapping
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Research Methods
  • Women, Science & Society
  • Women and Crime