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Jill Harrison

Gaige Hall (GH)
(401) 456-8731

Academic Background

Dr. Jill Hume Harrison is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Rhode Island College. She holds a B.A. from Wells College, an M.A. from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. Her research focuses on the intersection between mental health and crime. Her work has been published in several journals, including Women in Criminal Justice, International Review of Modern Sociology, Corrections Compendium, Contemporary Issues of Criminology in the Social Sciences, International Journal of Crime, Criminal Justice, and the Law. In her most recent work, she interviewed high risk inmates to examine the relationship between trauma and recidivism. For over 7 years, she has led a meditation program for inmates at the Adult Correctional Institutions of Rhode Island and continues to offer on-site programming and classes to inmates and correctional staff. She has also served on the drug prevention coalition in Jamestown, RI and is a court appointed special advocate for children under state care. Her recent book, co-authored with Drs. Dan Weisman and Joe Zornado, entitled, Writing for the Criminal Justice Professionals​ is published by Springer (2017). She peer reviews journal articles for the Community Mental Health Journal and the Journal for Offender Rehabilitation.

​Dr. Harrison continues to offer undergraduate and graduate students international service learning in Ecuador. Currently she is working on the issue of food security through sustainable gardening and hydroponics with an orphanage/school in Conocoto, Ecuador where the vast majority of the children’s parents are incarcerated from policies related to the U.S. War on Drugs. She has presented research on this project at the International Technology, Development and Innovation Conference in Valencia, Spain in 2016 and has published her research on incarcerated women in Ecuador in Sociologists Without Borders.

Dr. Harrison currently serves as the Director of the Justice Studies Program. She teaches courses in criminal justice and sociology.

Service learning course in Ecuador during the pre-spring term - listen to student testimonials here.

Courses Taught

JSTD 466 Seminar in Justice Studies
SOC 207 Crime and Criminal Justice
SOC 309 Sociology of Delinquency & Crime
SOC 318 Law and Society
SOC 342 Women, Crime and Justice
SOC 345 Victimology
SOC 450 Topics

Page last updated: August 23, 2017