Ph.D., 2004, Criminal Justice with specialization in Punishment and Social Control
City University of New York
Professor Natasha A. Frost serves as associate dean for graduate studies in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities where she works with colleagues to foster excellence in the college’s graduate programs and to enhance their alignment with the college’s mission in the Experiential Liberal Arts.
Professor Frost is also professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice with primary research and teaching interests in the area of punishment and social control. Specifically, she is interested in mass incareceration and the effects of incarceration on individuals, families, and communities. Professor Frost often works with non-profit and state/local agencies on issues related to her scholarly interests and involves both undergraduate and graduate students in those projects. Since arriving at Northeastern in 2005, she has completed an assessment of state-level variations in punitiveness towards women for the Women’s Prison Association in New York, served as a consultant for the Massachusetts State Parole Board, worked collaboratively with the Massachusetts Department of Correction, and conducted correctional program assessment and recidivism studies for several Massachusetts counties. More recently she has been awarded federal funding to study the effects of mass incarceration on the community and on the well-being of those who work in correctional settings.
Professor Frost recently completed study of the impact of incarceration on crime in communities funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and is currently conducting NIJ funded research on correctional officer wellbeing. Her book, The Punishment Imperative: The Rise and Failure of Mass Incarceration in America, co-authored with Todd R. Clear was published in 2014 by NYU Press. Other publications have appeared in Justice Quarterly, Criminology & Public Policy, Punishment & Society, Crime, Law and Social Change, and Studies in Law, Politics, and Society.
Professor Frost holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northeastern University (1997) and a PhD in criminal justice from the City University of New York’s Graduate School and University Center (2004). She was recently elected to the executive board of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and will serve as executive officer from 2014-2017. She also serves as chair of the ASC’s Division on Corrections and Sentencing.