Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Dr. Jill K. Doerner

Jill Doerner
  • Interim Director, Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Chafee Hall, Rm 509
  • Phone: 401.874.4077
  • Email: jdoerner@uri.edu

Biography

Jill Doerner joined the University of Rhode Island Department of Sociology and Anthropology in fall 2008 and became the Interim Director of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program in fall 2016. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international business and economics as well as a master’s degree and a doctorate in sociology.

Her research focuses on differential sentencing outcomes in the criminal justice system, examining disparities across gender, race/ethnicity and age. Her most recent research focuses on the sentencing outcomes of older prisoners and more broadly the consequences of incarceration on the aging prison population. Specifically, she is interested in focusing on issues of safety, social support, health and mental well-being, and self-care behavior, along with differential sentencing among this population. Doerner’s research can be found in Justice Quarterly, Women & Criminal Justice, Journal of Crime & Justice, and Criminal Justice Policy Review.

She regularly teaches courses such as SOC/CCJ/PSC 274 Criminal Justice System, SOC/CCJ/PSC 274H – Honors Section of Criminal Justice System, SOC 332 Juvenile Justice, SOC 403 Gender, Crime, and Justice, and SOC/CCJ/PSC 476 Policy Issues in Criminal Justice. She serves as the academic advisor for criminology and criminal justice, sociology, and anthropology during URI’s Freshman Orientation, and as one of the Honors Program advisors during the academic year.

Research

  • Differential sentencing outcomes in the criminal justice system
  • Consequences facing the aging prison population
  • Race/ethnicity and gender issues in the criminal justice system
  • Quantitative research method

Education

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Bowling Green State University, 2009
  • M.A. in Sociology, Bowling Green State University, 2004
  • B.S. in Business Administration, Ohio Northern University, 2002

Publications

Ruggiano, Nicole, Andreja Lukic, Anita N. Blowers, and Jill K. Doerner (2016). Chronic health self-management among aging prisoners: Current understandings and directions for policy, practice, and research. Journal of Gerontological Social Work 59(7-8), 627-641.

Doerner, Jill K. (2015). The interaction of gender and race/ethnicity: Sentencing outcomes in federal courts. Women & Criminal Justice 25(5), 313-338.

Blowers, Anita N., and Jill K. Doerner (2015). Sentencing outcomes of the older prison population: An exploration of the age leniency argument. Journal of Crime and Justice 38(1), 58-76.

~ Awarded the Outstanding Paper Award for 2015

Doerner, Jill K., and Stephen Demuth. (2014). Gender and sentencing in the federal courts: Are women treated more leniently? Criminal Justice Policy Review 25(2), 242-269.

Doerner, Jill K., and Stephen Demuth. (2014). Gender and sentencing in the federal courts: Are women treated more leniently? In Stacy L. Mallicoat’s (author) Women and Crime, 2nd edition. Sage Publications.

Doerner, Jill K. (2012). Gender disparities in sentencing departures: An examination of U.S. federal courts. Women & Criminal Justice 22(3), 176-205.

Doerner, Jill K., and Stephen Demuth. (2010). The independent and joint effects of race/ethnicity, gender, and age on sentencing outcomes in U.S. federal courts. Justice Quarterly 27(1), 1-27.

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