Areas of Research/Interest: Law and Society, Race, Class and Gender, Discretion and the Criminal Justice System, Police Practices, Courts, Human Trafficking
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.