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Jill Harrison

Gaige Hall (GH)
(401) 456-8731
jharrison@ric.edu

Academic Background

Dr. Jill Hume Harrison is a 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 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 also served on the drug prevention coalition in Jamestown, RI and currently serves on the town’s juvenile hearing board. She is also 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 an international service learning course during pre-spring terms. The most recent project focused on the issue of food security through sustainable gardening and hydroponics with children and staff at an orphanage/school in Conocoto, Ecuador where children’s parents are often incarcerated from policies related to drug trafficking, use, and domestic violence. She has presented research on these projects at the International Technology, Development and Innovation Conference in Valencia, Spain in 2016 and 2017 and has published research on incarcerated women in Ecuador in the journal Sociologists Without Borders.

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

The international service learning course is offered in 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
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Page last updated: August 10, 2018