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Beth Richie


Black Studies

Criminology, Law and Justice


Building & Room:

1201 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-1573

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The emphasis of Dr. Richie's scholarly and activist work has been on the ways that race/ethnicity and social position affect women's experience of violence and incarceration, focusing on the experiences of African American battered women and sexual assault survivors.  Dr. Richie is the author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation (NYU Press, 2012) which chronicles the evolution of the contemporary anti-violence movement during the time of mass incarceration in the United States  and numerous articles concerning Black feminism and gender violence, race and criminal justice policy, and the social dynamics around issues of sexuality, prison abolition,  and grassroots organizations in African American Communities. Her earlier book Compelled to Crime: the Gender Entrapment of Black Battered Women, is taught in many college courses and often cited in the popular press for its original arguments concerning race, gender and crime.  Dr. Richie is a qualitative researcher who is also working on an ethnographic project documenting the conditions of confinement in women's prisons.  Her work has been supported by grants from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Ford Foundation, and The National Institute for Justice and The National Institute of Corrections.  Among others, she has been awarded the Audre Lorde Legacy Award from the Union Institute, The Advocacy Award from the US Department of Health and Human Services, and The Visionary Award from the Violence Intervention Project.   Dr. Richie is a an board member of The Woods Fund of ChicagoThe Institute on Domestic Violence in the African CommunityThe Center for Fathers’ Families and Public Policy and a founding member of INCITE!: Women of Color Against Violence.

Selected Publications


PhD Sociology, University of New York, New York, 1992

MSW Sociology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1980

BSW Cornell University, Damascus, Ithaca, NY, 1979