Danielle Rousseau

Danielle RousseauAssistant Professor of Criminal Justice

PhD, Northeastern University
MA, University of Denver
BA, University of Vermont

Dr. Rousseau received her MA in Clinical Forensic Psychology and her PhD in Criminology and Justice Policy and Women’s Studies. For the past decade, she has worked in the field of forensic mental health as a therapist in correctional facilities for both men and women, as well as in the community doing crisis response and victim services. Most recently, Rousseau worked in the mental health department of Massachusetts’ correctional facility for women, winning multiple awards from the Massachusetts Department of Correction for her efforts. Her professional focus has been in trauma services, helping survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Outside of her work in correctional facilities, she has established therapeutic programs for veterans, and has traveled to Haiti to work with earthquake survivors. Rousseau’s research focuses on the areas of sentencing; race and gender disparities in justice; the treatment of women within the criminal justice system; the use of mindfulness techniques for treating trauma; crime and popular media; and hate crime. She received the ASC Division of Corrections and Sentencing Student Paper Award as well as the Young Scholars Award from the University at Albany’s Symposium on Crime and Justice–The Past and Future of Empirical Sentencing Research. Her work is published in the Journal of Gender, Race & Justice, the Law and Society ReviewThe Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and other academic journals and books.

Courses

  • MET CJ 660 – Gender and Justice
  • MET CJ 703 – Research Methods

Scholarly Works

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Farrell, A., Ward, G., and Rousseau, D. “Intersections of gender and race in federal sentencing: Examining court contexts and the effects of representative court authorities.” Gender, Race & Justice 14, no. 1 (2010): 85-125.

Ward, G., Farrell, A., and Rousseau, D. “Does racial balance in workforce representation yield equal justice? Race relations of sentencing in Federal court organizations.” Law and Society Review 43, no. 4 (2009): 757-805.

Farrell, A., Ward, G., and Rousseau, D. “Race-effects of representation among federal court workers: Does black workforce representation reduce sentencing disparities?” The Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Science 623, no. 1 (2009): 121-133.

Book Chapters

McDevitt, J., Farrell, A., Rousseau, D., and Wolff, R. “Hate crimes: characteristics of incidents, victims and offenders.” In Victims of Crime, 4th ed., edited by R. Davis, A. Lurigio, and W. Skogan (Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2013).

Rousseau, D., and Silva, K. “Defining Deviance: The Rearticulation of Aileen Wuornos in Monster.” In Representations of the Serial Killer in Film and Television, edited by A. D’Costa (forthcoming).

Farrell, A., Ward, G., and Rousseau, D. “Race-effects of representation among federal court workers: Does black workforce representation reduce sentencing disparities?” In Race and Crime: A Text/Reader, edited by H.T. Greene and S. L. Gabbidon (New York: Sage, 2012).

Twyman-Ghoshal, A., and Rousseau, D. “From the American Dream to a Global Dream.” In Democracy Building, edited by William Bagtelas (2010).

McDevitt, J., Farrell, A., Rousseau, D., Wolff, R. “Hate crimes: characteristics of incidents, victims and offenders.” In Victims of Crime, 3rd ed., edited by R. Davis, A. Lurigio, and W. Skogan (Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2007).

Farrell, A., and Rousseau, D. “Discrimination.” In Encyclopedia of Police Science, edited by J. Greene (New York: Routledge, 2006).

Book Reviews

Book Review of Hard Time at Tehachapi: California’s First Women’s Prison by Kathleen A. Cairns. Western Historical Quarterly (winter 2010): 526-527.

Twyman-Ghoshal, A., and Rousseau, D. “Book Review: Reintegration of Rehabilitation: Making People Happy.” Review of Key Ideas in Criminology: Rehabilitation by Tony Ward and Shadd Maruna. Crime, Law, and Social Change 50, no. 4-5 (2008).

Other Publications

Ward, G., Farrell, A., and Rousseau, D. “Does Court Workforce Racial Diversity Yield Racial Justice?: Some Evidence from Federal Court Contexts.” NCJ 221890, NIJ-Sponsored (55 pages, 2008).

Farrell, A., McDevitt, J., Fahy, S., and Rousseau, D. “Human Trafficking: Issues and Trends.” Institute on Race and Justice Research in Brief (November 2006).

“Domestic Violence II.” Psycho-educational Class Curriculum,  Bridgewater, Mass.: Forensic Health Services (2003).

“Domestic Violence I.” Psycho-educational Class Curriculum, Bridgewater, Mass.: Forensic Health Services (2003).

“Confronting Hate Crime: A Protocol for Addressing the Issue of Bias Motivated Crime Within a Local Police Department.” Unpublished manuscript, University of Denver (2002).

Presentations

“Mindfulness and Resilience: Examination of a Trauma Informed, Integrative Mindfulness Program as Implemented in Haiti.” Conference on Haitian Mental Health. Newton, Mass., May 2013. Co-presented with Jackson, E.

“Helping Women Heal: Trauma Informed Responses to Gender-Based Violence.” Gender-Based Violence, Advocacy, and Equitable Access Session. Natural Resource Distribution and Development in the 21st Century: Society for Applied Anthropology 73rd Annual Meeting, Denver, Colo., March 19-23, 2013. Co-presented with Jackson, E., and Wick, K.

Pezzullo, Jr., G.P., and Rousseau, D. “Race, gender and context in the criminal labeling of D.U.I offender.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 2011.

Jones, S.E., and Rousseau, D. “Holistic trauma informed care: Examination of the yogaHOPE Trauma Informed Mind Body (TIMBo) Program.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 2011.

Pezzullo, Jr., G., and Rousseau, D. “Race, Gender and Context in the Criminal Labeling of D.U.I. Offenders: The Influence of Extralegal Variables and Police Bias on Discretionary Plea Decisions.” Research and Scholarship Expo, Northeastern University, Boston, Mass., April 6, 2011.

Rousseau, D., and Pezzullo, Jr.. G. “Race, Gender and Context in the Criminal Labeling of D.U.I. Offenders: The Influence of Extralegal Variables and Police Bias on Discretionary Plea Decisions.” 2010 Symposium on Crime and Justice: The Past and Future of Empirical Sentencing Research. Poster Presentation, Albany, N.Y., September 2010. First Place, Young Scholar Paper Competition.

“The Experience of Federal Imprisonment for Women: A Historical Review of Women’s Federal Prisons.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Penn., November 2009.

“Dualistically Deviant: The Construction of Psychopathy and Gendered Criminality in the film Monster.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Mo., November 2008.

Pezzullo, Jr., G.P., and Rousseau, D. “The Criminal Construct: An Examination of Race, Gender, and Social Context on Plea Outcomes.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Mo., November 2008.

Ward, G., Farrell, A., and Rousseau, D. “The Contextual Significance of Federal Courtroom Workgroup Racial Diversity on Sentencing Outcomes.”  American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2007, Atlanta, Georgia.

Rousseau, D., and Twyman-Ghoshal, A. “The Feminine Role in Collective Criminality.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2007, Atlanta, Georgia.

Rousseau, D., and Ferrer, A. “Anti-GLBT Hate Crime Victimization, Attitudes, and Outcomes on an Urban College Campus: A Pilot Study.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, Calif., November 2006.

“Psychopaths in Popular Film: Examining the Construct of Psychopathy in the Film GoodFellas.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, Calif., November 2006.

What advice do you have for new students?

Be engaged and think critically. Take an active role in your education. Find your passion.

Also, do not be afraid to reach out to the Boston University Criminal Justice faculty and facilitators, they have a wide array of experience and expertise. Take advantage of this invaluable resource and explore interests you have in common.