Amy Farrell

Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
education Ph.D., 2001, Law, Policy and Society Program
Northeastern University
Mailing address 400D CH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Professor Farrell’s research focuses on the administration of justice with primary emphasis on measuring the effect of race and gender in police, prosecution and sentencing practices.  In recent research, she has examined how variable levels of racial group and gender representation among court workgroups relate to district-level differences in sentencing.  Professor Farrell is also engaged in research examining how jury outcomes, particularly the factors that predict and explain acquittals.

Professor Farrell also conducts research on police legitimacy and law enforcement responses to new crimes such as hate crime and human trafficking.  She is currently overseeing a national data collection program on law enforcement investigations of human trafficking for the Bureau of Justice Statistics and a study on state and local prosecution of human trafficking cases for the National Institute of Justice.  She has testified about law enforcement identification of human trafficking before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.  Professor Farrell’s research has appeared in numerous scholarly publications including recent publications in Criminology and Public Policy, Crime and Delinquency, Law and Society Review and the Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Science.  Professor Farrell was a co-recipient of the National Institute of Justice’s W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship on crime justice and culture in 2006.

Selected Publications

Givleber, Daniel and Amy Farrell. 2012. Not Guilty: Are the Acquitted Innocent? New York: New York University Press.


Publications in Refereed Journals

Farrell, Amy, Liana Pennington and Shea Cronin. 2012. Juror Perceptions of the Legitimacy of Legal Authorities and Decision Making in Criminal Cases. Law and Social Inquiry, forthcoming, in press.

Farrell, Amy. 2011. Explaining Leniency: Organizational Predictors of the Differential Treatment of Men and Women in Traffic Stops. Crime and Delinquency, forthcoming, in press.

Farrell, Amy and Daniel Givelber. 2010. Liberation reconsidered: Understanding why judges and juries disagree about guilt. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 100: 1549-1586.

Farrell, Amy, Jack McDevitt and Stephanie Fahy. 2010. Where are all the victims? Understanding the determinants of official identification of human trafficking incidents. Criminology and Public Policy, 9:201-233.

Farrell, Amy and McDevitt, Jack. 2010. Identifying and measuring racial profiling by the police. Sociology Compass, 4: 77-88.

Ward, Geoff, Amy Farrell and Danielle Rousseau. 2009. Does racial balance in workforce representation yield equal justice? Race relations of sentencing in federal court organizations, Law and Society Review, 43: 757-804.

Farrell, Amy and Stephanie Fahy. 2009. The problem of human trafficking in the U.S.: public frames and policy responses. Journal of Criminal Justice, 37: 617-627.

Farrell, Amy, Geoff Ward and Danielle Rousseau. 2009. 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, 623:121-133.

Reprinted in Farrell, Amy, Geoff Ward and Danielle Rousseau. 2011. Race Effects of Representation Among Federal Court Workers: Does Black Workforce Representation Reduce Sentencing Disparities? In Greene, Hellen and Shaun Gabbidon (eds). Race and Crime: A Text Reader. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press, 311-317.

Warren, Patricia and Amy Farrell. 2009. Racial profiling and the police: Can the political environment foster organizational change? The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 623: 52-63.

Booth, Jeb,Amy Farrell and Sean Varano. 2008. Social control, serious delinquency and risky behavior: A gendered analysis. Crime and Delinquency, 54: 423-456.3.

Givelber, Daniel and Amy Farrell. 2008. Judges and juries: The defense case and differences in acquittal rates. Law and Social Inquiry, 33: 31-52.

Cronin, Shea, Jack McDevitt,Amy Farrell and James Nolan. 2007. Bias crime reporting: Organizational responses to ambiguity, uncertainty and infrequency in eight police departments. American Behavioral Scientist, 51: 213-231.

Farrell, Amy. 2004. Measuring judicial and prosecutorial discretion: Sex and race disparities in departures from the federal sentencing guidelines. Justice Research and Policy, 6: 45-78.

Nolan, James, Jack McDevitt, Shea Cronin and Amy Farrell. 2003. Learning to see hate crimes: A framework for understanding and clarifying ambiguities in bias crime classification. Criminal Justice Studies, 17:91-105.

Farrell, Amy and Jack McDevitt. 2002. Moving police and community dialogues forward through data collection task forces. Police Quarterly 5: 359-379.

Buerger, Michael and Amy Farrell. 2002. The evidence of racial profiling: Interpreting documented and unofficial sources. Police Quarterly 5: 272-305.

Farrell, Amy. 2001. Distinguishing among the ‘unhappys’: The influence of cultural gender norms on judicial decisions to grant family ties departures. Federal Sentencing Reporter, 13: 268-274.

Farrell, Amy. 2000. Women, crime and drugs: Testing the effect of therapeutic community participation and social support. Women and Criminal Justice, 11: 21-48.

Professional Associations & Affiliations

American Society of Criminology

Division on Women and Crime

Nominated to the Division of Women on Crime’s New Scholar Award, 2008

American Sociological Association

Law and Society Association