Mary Ellen Mastrorilli
Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Applied Social Sciences; Faculty Coordinator for the Online Master of Criminal Justice
PhD, Northeastern University
MPA, Suffolk University
BA, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Dr. Mastrorilli’s research interests focus on female offenders, community corrections, and law and society. She holds over twenty-four years of experience in positions ranging from correction officer to prison administrator. She is the recipient of the Correctional Association of Massachusetts’ Professional Excellence Award, as well as the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award given by the National Center for Women and Policing. Mastrorilli teaches courses in criminal justice and sociology.
- Principles of Sociology
- The Female Offender
- Research Methods
- Criminal Justice Administration
“How to Help the Growing Female Prison Population.” Scientific American MIND Guest Blog. April 7, 2015.
“Should Prisons be Relational: An Impact Evaluation of a Minimum Security Prison for Female Offenders.” Workshop presented at the National Conference on Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders, Jackson, Miss., October 10-14, 2009.
Research papers/White papers:
Norton-Hawk, M., Sered, S., and Mastrorilli, M.E. “History Repeats Itself: The Life Course of Women Released from Prison.” Offender Programs Report 17, no. 3 (2013): 35-36.
“Women in Transition: Application of Relational Theory to the Evaluation of a Minimum Security Prison for Female Offenders.” Research monograph, 2008.
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