CJ Faculty Makes List of Top Female Scholars

Dr Leana Bouffard
Dr. Leana Bouffard

Two faculty members at Sam Houston State University and an alumna were named among the 20 most prolific female scholars in Criminal Justice and Criminology in an article published in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education.

Drs. Leana Bouffard and Gaylene Armstrong of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology ranked 12 and 17 respectively on the number of sole or lead-authored articles published in the discipline’s top eight peer-reviewed journals between 2000 and 2010. The top journals in the discipline include Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Criminology, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency and Justice Quarterly.

Dr. Gaylene Armstrong
Dr. Gaylene Armstrong

SHSU Ph.D. Graduate Leanne Fiftal Alarid also ranked 28th on the list with three articles.

The three were previously named “Academic Stars” in a 2007 JCJE article.

The study included 59 female authors who published three or more articles in these prestigious publications and accounted for 3.5 percent of authors who published in these journals between 2000 and 2010. However, the female scholars were responsible for 8.4 percent of the total number of articles published, according “The most prolific female scholars in elite criminology and criminal justice journals, 2000-2010.”

Among the articles published by Dr. Bouffard were:

Bouffard, L.A. (2010). Exploring the utility of the concept of entitlement in understanding sexual coercion. Journal of Criminal Justice, 38(5), 870-879.

Bouffard, L. (2003). Examining the relationship between military service and criminal behavior during the Vietnam Era: A Research Note. Criminology 41(2), 491-510.

Bouffard, L.A., Bergeron, L.E., & Bouffard, J.A. (2007). Investigating the impact of extended bar closing times on police stops for DUI. Journal of Criminal Justice, 35(5), 537-545.

Bouffard, L.A., & Piquero, N.L. (2010). Defiance theory and life course explanations of persistent offending. Crime & Delinquency, 56(2), 227-252.

Bouffard, L.A., Wright, K.A., Muftic, L.R., & Bouffard, J.A. (2008). Gender differences in specialization in intimate partner violence: Comparing the gender symmetry and violent resistance perspectives. Justice Quarterly, 25(3), 568-592.

Cover of the Journal of Criminal Justice Education Among the articles published by Dr. Armstrong are:

Armstrong, G.S., & Griffin, M. (2007).The effect of local life circumstances on victimization of drug-involved women. Justice Quarterly, 24, 80-105.

Armstrong, G.S., & Griffin, M.R. (2004). Does the job matter? Comparing correlates of stress among treatment and correctional staff in prisons. Journal of Criminal Justice, 32, 577-592.

Armstrong, G.S., & MacKenzie, D.L. (2003). Private versus public juvenile correctional facilities: Do differences in environmental quality exist? Crime & Delinquency, 49(4), 542-563.

Armstrong, G.S., & Rodriguez, N. Effects of individual and contextual characteristics on pre-adjudication detention of juvenile delinquents. Justice Quarterly, 22, 521-539.

Dr. Bouffard is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Crime Victims' Institute, an agency charged with evaluating the effectiveness of criminal justice policies to prevent the victimization of society. Her research interests focus on violence against women, police response to domestic violence, sexual aggression among college students, and the effects of parenting on criminal behavior.

Dr. Erin Orrick
Dr. Erin Orrick
Dr. Armstrong is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Her research focuses on the evaluation of correctional programs and policies in both institutional and community corrections settings. She is a recognized expert on both adult and juvenile offender populations as well as with specialized offender populations such as sex offenders and female offenders.

The latest JCJEM article was co-authored by Dr. Erin Orrick, who joined the faculty at Sam Houston State University this fall. The article was written when she was a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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