Rebecca Stone

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology

Phone: (617) 994-6479
Fax:  (617) 994-4278



  • 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

Office Hours Fall 2018

1:35 PM - 4:00 PM Mondays
1:35 PM - 3:00 PM Wednesdays
Also by appointment

Research Interests

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


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.

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

2017 Stone, R. and K.M. Socia (2017). Boy with toy or black male with gun? An analsis of online news articles covering the shooting of Tamir Rice. Race and Justice, OutlineFirst,10.1177/215336876689594. 

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

2016 Rydberg, J., R. Stone and E. McGarrell. Utilizing incident-based crime data to inform strategic interventions: A problem analysis of violence in Michigan. Accepted at Justice Research and Policy.

2015 Stone, R. Desistance and identity repair: Redemption narratives as resistance to stigma. British Journal of Criminology, online first, DOI 10.1093/bjc/azv081

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

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

Other Publications

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

2010 Maxwell, C. and R. Stone. 2010. The Nexus between Economics and Family Violence: The expected impact of recent economic declines on the rates and patterns of intimate, child and elder abuse. Final report. NCJ 229913. National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.

2010 Stone, R. A Book Review on Criminal Disenfranchisement in an International Perspective by A. C. Ewald and B. Rottinghaus (Eds.). International Criminal Justice Review, 20: 455.


Research Funding

2017 Kras, K. and Stone, R. Advancing a Gendered Perspective of Desistance and Identity Transformation. University of Massachusetts Lowell Internal Seed Funding Program. Role Co-Investigator.

2016 Allen, C. and Stone, R. Examining University Allegations of Alleged Sexual Misconduct. University of Massachusetts Lowell Internal Seed Funding Program. Role: Co-Investigator.

2015-16 Harris, C. and Stone, R. Senator Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative (Shannon CSI) -Local Action Research Partner. Role: Co-Investigator.

2013-14 Stone, R. A Narrative Inquiry of Maternal Substance Use. Michigan State University, The Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Role: Principle Investigator.

Conference Activity

2016 Allen, Christopher, and Rebecca Stone. Evaluating University Investigations of Alleged Sexual Misconduct. Presented at the American Society of Criminology, New Orleans, LA. (November 16)

2016 Stone, Rebecca, and Kellie Wallace. Narrative criminology and ‘decisions in context’: Women’s violent victimization and substance use over the life course. Presented at the American Society of Criminology, New Orleans, LA. (November 16)

2015    Wheeldon, Johannes, Rebecca Stone, Scott Bowman and Nazgol Ghandnoosh. Roundtable: #PublicCriminology: Promises and Pitfalls of Social Media for Scholars. Presented at the American Society of Criminology, Washington, DC (November 18-21).

2015 Stone, Rebecca, Merry Morash and Marva Goodman. A Prospective Study of Identity Change and Desistance in a Population of Women on Parole. Presented at the American Society of Criminology, Washington, DC (November 18-21).

2014 Stone, Rebecca. Restorying and Restoring: Mothers’ redemptive narratives of desistance from substance use. Presented at the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA (November 19-22).

2014 Stone, Rebecca. Identity and Desistance, Three Ways: Opportunities for integration and improvement. Presented at the Collaboration of Researchers for the Effective Development of Offender Supervision (CREDOS), San Francisco, CA (November 18).

2013 Stone, Rebecca. Meanings of motherhood: Substance-using mothers and the maintenance of identity. Presented at the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA (November 20-23).

2011 Stone, Rebecca and Merry Morash. A post-positivist formative evaluation of community policing in a time of economic crisis. Presented at the American Society of Criminology, Washington, DC (November 16-19).

2011 Stone, Rebecca and Merry Morash. The challenges of a formative evaluation involving the reinstitution of community policing. Presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Toronto, Ontario (March 1-5).

2009 Maxwell, Christopher and Rebecca Stone. The nexus between economics and family violence. Presented at the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA (November 4-7).

2009 Maxwell, Christopher and Rebecca Stone. The connection between economic factors and the rate of family violence: A systematic review of the evidence. Presented at the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA (November 4-7).

2009 Stone, Rebecca. Foreclosures and the Connections to Crime. National Institute of Justice, Arlington, VA (June 15-17).

Courses Taught

  • Correlates of Crime
  • Gender, Race & Crime
  • Crime Mapping
  • Research Methods
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Violence Against Women