Rebecca Stone, PhD

Assistant Professor, Sociology

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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, 2007
  • B.A. School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, 2007

Research Interests

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


Refereed Journal Articles

Rothman, E. F., R. Stone and S. Bagley. (2018) Rhode Island domestic violence shelter policies, practices and experiences pertaining to survivors with opioid use disorder: Results of a qualitative study. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 12, 1-7, 10.1177/1178221818812895.

Stone, R. and K. M. Socia. (2017) Boy with toy or black male with gun? An analysis of online news articles covering the shooting of Tamir Rice. Race and Justice, OnlineFirst, 10.1177/2153368716689594.

Stone, R., M. Morash, M. Goodson, S. Smith and J. Cobbina. (2016) Women on parole, identity processes, and primary desistance. Feminist Criminology, OnlineFirst, 10.1177/1557085116670004.

Rydberg, J., R. Stone and E. McGarrell. (2016) Utilizing incident-based crime data to inform strategic interventions: A problem analysis of violence in Michigan. Justice Research and Policy, 17(1), 3-27.

Stone, R. (2016) Desistance and identity repair: Redemption narratives as resistance to stigma. British Journal of Criminology, 56(5), 956-975.

Stone, R. (2015) Pregnant women and substance use: fear, stigma, and barriers to care. Health and Justice, 3(1): 1-15.

Stone, R. and M. Morash. (2013) Influences on substance use cessation during pregnancy: An exploratory study of women on probation and parole. Criminal Justice Studies, 27(1): 96-113.

Rovin, K., R. Stone, L. Gordon, E. Boffi and L. Hunt. (2012) Better than nothing: Participant experiences in using a county health plan. Practicing Anthropology, 34(4): 13.

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Courses Taught

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