Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Ph.D., 1978, Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany
360 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115
Resume / CV
Nicole Rafter, who has taught at Northeastern University since 1977, has authored five monographs: Partial Justice: Women, State Prisons, and Social Control; Creating Born Criminals; Shots in the Mirror: Crime Films and Society; The Criminal Brain; and (with M. Brown) Criminology Goes to the Movies. In addition, she has published nine other books, including translations (with Mary Gibson) of the major criminological works of Cesare Lombroso, and published over fifty journal articles and chapters. In 2009 she received the American Society of Criminology’s Sutherland Award; other honors include a Fulbright Fellowship and several fellowships to Oxford University. Currently she is studying genocide, focusing on its criminological implications.
Rafter teaches courses in crime films, biological theories of crime, writing for publication, and crimes against humanity.
- 2011, Criminology Goes to the Movies: Crime Theory and Popular Culture, with Michelle Brown. New York: New York University Press.
- 2009, Origins of Criminology: A Reader. Abington, Oxfordshire: Routledge-Cavenish.
- 2008, The Criminal Brain: Understanding Biological Theories of Crime. New York University Press.
- 2006, Shots in the Mirror: Crime Films and Society. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press.
- 2006, Criminal Man by Cesare Lombroso, newly translated and with an introduction by Mary Gibson and Nicole Hahn Rafter. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Korean translation, 2010.
- 2004, Criminal Woman by Cesare Lombroso and G. Ferrero, newly translated and with an introduction by Nicole Hahn Rafter and Mary Gibson. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Stimulated by our new translation, in 2009 Italian scholars republished the entire original of La donna delinquente prefaced by an Italian translation of our introduction to Criminal Woman. Korean translation, 2013.
- 2000, Encyclopedia of Women and Crime. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press. Editor-in-Chief.
- 2000, Shots in the Mirror: Crime Films and Society. New York: Oxford University Press.
- 1999, Prisons in America: A Reference Handbook. ABC-CLIO, Contemporary World Issues Series. With Debra Stanley.
- 1997, Creating Born Criminals. Champaign, Ill.: University of Illinois Press.
- 1995, International Feminist Perspectives in Criminology: Engendering a Discipline. Buckingham, UK: Open University Press. Co-edited with Frances M. Heidensohn. Introduction reprinted in G. Letherby and Y. Jewkes (eds.), Criminology: A Reader (Sage Publications)
- 1990, Partial Justice: Women, Prisons, and Social Control. 2d. ed., rev. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers. Chapters from this book have been reprinted in edited collections.
- 1988, White Trash: The Eugenic Family Studies, 1877-1919. Boston: Northeastern University Press.
- 1985, Partial Justice: Women in State Prisons, 1800-1935. Boston: Northeastern University Press (lst ed.).
- 1982, Judge, Lawyer, Victim, Thief: Women, Gender Roles, and Criminal Justice. Boston: Northeastern University Press. Co-edited with Elizabeth A. Stanko.
Awards and Honors
- 2012, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool , 2012-2014
- 2010, Fulbright Fellow, Austria
- 2009, Sutherland Award, American Society of Criminology
- 2005-2006, Visiting Scholar, Wolfson College and Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford
- 2005, Entry in Encyclopedia of Prisons, s.v. “Rafter, Nicole Hahn.” Sage Publications; ed. Mary Bosworth.
- 2004, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, St John College, Oxford University
- 2003, Grant for Biology and Crime: Translation of a Classic Text from National Library of Medicine, NIH, to support new translation of Lombroso Criminal Man (with Mary Gibson)
- 2001, Resident Research Fellow, Study Center of Liguria (Bogliasco Foundation)
- 2000, Elected Fellow, American Society of Criminology
- 1999, Senior Scholar Award, Division on Women and Crime, American Society of Criminology
- 1999, American Association on Mental Retardation, Wilbur Founder Award for research contribution of Creating Born Criminals.
- 1998, Distinguished Alumni Award, State University of New York at Albany (School of Criminal Justice)
- 1998, Elected Chair, Crime, Law, & Deviance Section, American Sociological Association
- 1997, Elected Chair, Division on Women and Crime, American Society of Criminology
- 1997, Exhibition Grant, One Hundred Fund, Northeastern University.
- 1997, Teaching Diversity Through Crime Films. Instructional Development Fund Grant, Northeastern University
- 1997, Exhibition Planning Grant, One Hundred Fund, Northeastern University
- 1997, “A Search for Social Justice: A Biography of Nicole Hahn Rafter.” By Alexander Pisciotta. Women and Criminal Justice 9 (11): 1-15.
- 1996, Women Studies Program ACE Initiative. Instructional Development Fund Grant, Northeastern University
- 1995, Parsons Scheme Research Residency Grant, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney
- 1995, Elected Vice President, American Society of Criminology, Division on Women and Crime
- 1993, Principal Speaker at James Madison University, Arts and Sciences Symposium on Justice: “Beyond Gendered Justice”
- 1989, Robert D. Klein University Lecturer, Northeastern University
- 1988, New York State Archives, Research Residency Award
- 1986-87, Northeastern University Research and Scholarship Development Grant, “Institutions for Delinquent Girls: A Social History”
- 1986-87, Northeastern University Instructional Development Grant, “Integrating Women’s Studies into the Curriculum: A New Approach”
- 1985, Visiting Research Scholar, Wellesley College Center for Research on Women
- 1982, Northeastern University Research and Scholarship Development Grant, “The Incarceration of Women in the United States: A History of the Women’s Prison System”
- 1979, National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, LEAA, “Current Problems of the Women’s Correctional System: Origins and Development”
- 1976, National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Support Grant
- 1976, State University of New York, Albany, School of Criminal Justice, Dissertation Fellowship
- 1973, State University of New York, Albany, University Fellowship
- 1962, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Swarthmore College