Beth E. Richie
The Graduate School and University Center of City University of New York, 1992 (Sociology)
Professor of Criminal Justice and Gender and Womens Studies
Office: BSB 4044, or UH 1231

Department of Criminal Justice
University of Illinois at Chicago
1007 West Harrison Street, M/C 141
Chicago, IL 60607
Voice: 312-355-2468
Fax: 312-996-8355

Fields of Interest:

Feminist Theory and Research Methods
Violence Against Women
Sociology of Race/Ethnicity
Incarcerated Women
Juvenile Justice

Short Bio:

Beth Richie is engaged in several research projects designed to explore the relationship between violence against women in low-income African American communities and violence. The specific focus of one study is girls who are both violent and perpetrators of violence. Another project is looking at the factors that influence recidivism and re-arrest rates for women and young people being released from a large urban jail. A third project is concerned with the public policy and social factors that lead to the rise in incarceration rates of women and conditions of confinement once they are sentenced. Currently Dr. Richie is leading a multi-million dollar research sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation researching women and youth issues at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. She was the recepient of three major awards: the National Advocacy Award by the Department of Health and Health and Human Serivces, Office of Violence Prevention; the Audre Lorde Legacy Award of the Union Institute stemming from her work with the National Network for Women in Prison; and the Visionary Award Of the Violence Intervention Project.

Selected Publications:

With Nicholas Freudenberg. "Linking Women In Jail To Community Services: Factors Associated With Re-arrest and Retention of Drug-Using Women Following Release From Jail". Journal of American Women's Medical Association (Spring, l998).

Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Black Battered Women. NY: Routledge. 1996.

"Battered Black Women: A Challenge For the Black Community" in Guy-Sheftall, B. Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought. NY: The New Press. 1995.

"Gender Entrapment: An Exploratory Study" in Dan, A. Reframing Women's Health: Multi-disciplinary Research and Practice. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications. 1994.