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Amy Farrell Becomes First Woman to Serve as Director of the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice

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On July 1, 2020, in a historically male-dominated field, Amy Farrell became the first woman to serve as the Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Amy is well positioned to lead the School in its mission of intertwining community engaged research and education in matters of crime, violence and justice. Amy brings to this position a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching and administrative service.

An interdisciplinary expert, Amy has built a highly impactful stream of scholarship that explores the complexities of administering justice in the US. Most recently, her scholarship examines the challenges of implementing and enforcing state and federal laws on human trafficking, especially in regards to the racialized and gendered nature of justice processes. She has authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles and over 30 book chapters, technical reports, and research briefs. Her co-edited book, Deadly Injustice: Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Criminal Justice System, was published with New York University Press in 2015. Amy’s scholarship has appeared in leading journals such as Criminology, Criminology and Public Policy, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, and Crime & Delinquency. She also serves on the editorial boards of Justice Quarterly and Criminology and Public Policy. She has presented research to government officials and civil society stakeholders in both the U.S. and abroad, including providing testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee about law enforcement responses to human trafficking.

Amy has established her leadership at SCCJ and Northeastern in multiple roles. She has been the School’s Undergraduate Program Director and currently serves as Associate Director of the School. As the Co-Director of the Violence and Justice Research Lab housed within the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University, Amy has served as the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on externally funded research grants totaling over $9 million from the National Institute of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Science Foundation, and other state and local agencies. She has supported multi-generational research collaborations among faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students, and has connected students to the world of practice through applied social research. Her innovative multigenerational research teams were featured in a 2017 article in Inside Higher Education, and she was recognized by the American Society of Criminology as Mentor of the Year. Amy is well-positioned to support the school’s and college’s focus on interdisciplinary research and learning, and on engagement with external partners.

Please join us in welcoming Amy Farrell as Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice!

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