Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Ph.D., 2001, Law, Policy and Society Program
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Resume / CV
Professor Farrell joined the tenure track faculty in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2008. Prior to that time she served as the assistant director of the Institute on Race and Justice and a faculty researcher at Northeastern University. Her research seeks to understand arrest, adjudication and criminal case disposition 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. She is the co-author, with Daniel Givelber of the book Not Guilty: Are the Acquitted Innocent, published by New York University Press in 2012.
Over the past few years, Professor Farrell has focused much of her attention to understanding how the criminal justice system responds to the newly prioritized crime of human trafficking. Although not a new phenomenon, human trafficking was criminalized by the federal government in 2001. Since that time all fifty states have passed laws outlawing the practice of human trafficking and devoting resources to its identification and eradication. In support of this research, Professor Farrell oversees a program to collect data on human trafficking investigations for the Bureau of Justice Statistics. She has studied and published research about how local, state and federal law enforcement agencies identify, investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases. She is currently completing a project examining labor trafficking victimization based on data from victim service providers, police and victims themselves in four cities across the U.S. Additionally, Professor Farrell is engaged in ongoing research examining how changes in state human trafficking laws impact the identification and prosecution of human trafficking offenders. As part of this project, Professor Farrell is working with colleagues to understand how the public views the problem of human trafficking and what responses they expect from state and federal governments to address the problem. Professor Farrell has testified about police identification of human trafficking before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. She was also appointed to the Massachusetts Attorneys General Human Trafficking Policy Task Force where she oversaw a committee that developed recommendations for improving the collection and sharing of data on human trafficking victims in the Commonwealth.
Professor Farrell was a co-recipient of NIJ’s W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship on crime justice and culture in 2006.
- Givleber, Daniel and Amy Farrell. 2012. Not Guilty: Are the Acquitted Innocent? New York: New York University Press.
Publications in Refereed Journals
- Zimmerman, Gregory, Robert Vasquez and Amy Farrell. In press. Examining the joint impact of moderating and nonlinear peer effects on the sex gap in violent crime. Criminal Justice and Behavior, published online before print August 20, 2013, DOI: 10.1177/0093854814544318.
- Farrell, Amy and Rebecca Pfeffer*. 2014. How police find cases of human trafficking: Cultural blinders and organizational barriers. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 653: 46-64.
- Farrell, Amy. 2014. Environmental and institutional influences on police agency responses to human trafficking. Police Quarterly, 17: 3-29.
- Farrell, Amy, Colleen Owens and Jack McDevitt. 2014. New laws but few cases: Understanding the challenges to the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases. Crime, Law and Social Change, 61:139–168.
- Zimmerman, Gregory and Amy Farrell. 2013. Gender differences in parental underestimation of youth secondary exposure to community violence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42: 1512-1527.
- Posick, Chad*, Amy Farrell and Marc Swatt. 2013. Do boys fight and girls cut? A general strain theory approach to gender and deviance. Deviant Behavior, 34: 685-705.
- Farrell, Amy, Liana Pennington and Shea Cronin. 2013. Juror perceptions of the legitimacy of legal authorities and decision making in criminal cases. Law and Social Inquiry, 38: 772-802.
- Farrell, Amy. Explaining leniency: Organizational predictors of the differential treatment of men and women in traffic stops. Crime and Delinquency, Published online before print November 8, 2011, DOI: 10.1177/0011128711420108.
- 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. (Research article). Criminology and Public Policy, 9:201-233. Reprinted in Segrave, Marie (ed). 2013. Human trafficking. Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing Group, 307-339.
- 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 Greene, Helen and Shaun Gabbidon (eds). 2012. 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.
- 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. 2004. 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.
- 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