Maureen Norton-Hawk, PhD

Professor
Department of Sociology
Phone: 617-573-8491
Fax: 617-994-4278
Email: mhawk@suffolk.edu
Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 581

Education

  • PhD, Northeastern University
  • MS, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
  • MS, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BA, Mary Washington College

Office Hours Spring 2013

Monday and Wednesday, 1:00-2:00

Research Interests

  • Women
  • Women in conflict with the law
  • Drugs and society, both national and international
  • Criminal justice policy and research in the United States and Latin America

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Employment History

Teaching Experience

2014-present Professor, Department of Sociology, Suffolk University 
2001-2014  Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Suffolk University 
1997-2001  Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Suffolk University 
1996-1997  Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, Suffolk University 
1993-1996  Instructor, Department of Sociology, Suffolk University 
1989-1996  Instructor, Department of Sociology, Northeastern University 

Professional Activity

Current Research

2007-present, Longitudinal study of women post incarceration “Where are they now? Middle-aged women post incarceration.”

2006-present, Survey of employees use of criminal background checks.

2005-present, Qualitative analysis “Impact of the U.S. War on Drugs on Incarceration of Women and Children in Ecuador.”

Publications

Articles

2012 “Mothering in the shadow of the U.S. correctional system” S.Sered & M.Norton-Hawk. In Anthropology of Mothering (eds.) M.Walks & N.McPherson. Demeter Press.

2011 “Whose Higher Power: Criminalized Women Confront the Twelve Steps” S.Sered & M. Norton-Hawk Feminist Criminology 6 (4): 308-322.

2011 “Overdetermination and resistance: The case of criminalized women” S.Sered & M.Norton-Hawk.Feminist Theory.12(3): 317-333.

2010 "Exporting gender injustice: Impact of the U.S. war on drugs on Ecuadorian women" Critical Criminology, forthcoming.

2009 "Criminal record decision making and private employers in the city of Boston" Justice Policy Journal, E. Gebo & M. Norton-Hawk, 6(1), Spring.

2009 "A needs assessment of incarcerated women in Ecuador: Focal Research in An Invitation to Social Research: How It's Done." Adler/Clark, 4th edition. J.H. Harrison & M. Norton-Hawk.

2008 “Why Healthcare Services for Post-Incarceration Women Are Ineffective” in Women, Girls and Criminal Justice, M. Norton-Hawk and S. Sered, 9:6.81.91.

2008 “Disrupted lives, fragmented care: Illness experiences of criminalized women” Women and Health, Women and Health, S. Sered & M. Norton-Hawk, 48:1. 43-63.

2004 “A comparison of pimp-controlled versus non-pimp controlled prostitutes” Violence Against Women, 10(2):189-194.

2003 “Social class, drugs, gender and the limitations of the law: Contrasting the elite prostitute with the street prostitute,” Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, 29:115-131.

2003 “The forgotten victims: The children of incarcerated mothers” Women, Girls & Criminal Justice, 4:1. 5-6.

2002 “The lifecourse of prostitution,” Women, Girls & Criminal Justice, 3:1, 1, 7-9.

2001 "The counter-productivity of incarcerating female street prostitutes,” Deviant Behavior, 221:5, 403-418.

1997 "Prevalence of drug use in pregnancy: Assessment, critique and policy implications," Journal of Drug Issues, 27:3, 447-462.

1994 "How social policies make matters worse," Journal of Drug Issues, 24:3, 517-526.

Technical Reports

2007 “Barriers to Health Care for Women who have been Incarcerated” Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety Department of Parole Reentry.

2007 “Student interactions and perception of police: Everett Massachusetts” sponsored by the Suffolk University Juvenile Justice Center.

2007 “Student interactions and perception of police: Cambridge Massachusetts” sponsored by the Suffolk University Juvenile Justice Center.

2006 “Hospital Safe Bed Availability in Massachusetts” commissioned by the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

2005 “Pathway to prison” Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Corrections, MCI-Framingham.

2003 “Family network and children’s needs” commissioned by West Roxbury District Court, West Roxbury Massachusetts.

1999 "Needs assessment of children of incarcerated mothers: Nashua Street Jail" Technical Report commissioned by Commonwealth of Massachusetts-Office of the Trial Court, November.

1998 "Lifecourse of street prostitution" Technical Report commissioned by Boston Police Department.

Invited Guest Speaker

March 2009 "Treating the Addictions" Cambridge Health Alliance Harvard Medical School.

May 2008 “The Gendered Impact of the U.S. War on Drugs in Ecuador” United Nations Women’s Development Fund Boston.

May 2006 “Alternatives to Prostitution: Visions for Change” Suffolk County House of Corrections-South Bay.

July 2005 “Girl Trouble” Commonwealth of Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators.

December 2004 “Pathway to prison: Incarcerated females at Suffolk County House of Corrections-South Bay” Criminal Justice Agencies Researchers Group, Milford, Massachusetts.

December 2003 Speaker “Understanding and responding to special needs of female offenders” Massachusetts Trial Court Office of the Commissioner of Probation, Clinton, Massachusetts.

October 2003 Speaker “Violence Against Women Act S.T.O.P. grant Technical Assistance Conference, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety, Boston, Massachusetts.

September 2003 Keynote Speaker. “Addressing prostitution effectively” Commonwealth of Massachusetts Administrative Office of the Trial Court Judicial Institute, Boston, Massachusetts.

June 2003 “Children of female offenders in America” Sociology Department University of Yerevan, Yerevan, Armenia.

December 2002 “The female offender and her children” PHARE Office of Ministry of Education, Budapest, Hungary.

April 2002 “A question of justice: Women offenders and their children” Women’s Research Council University of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts.

January 2001 “Female offender profile: Seeking equity in an inequitable system” Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives Women’s Caucus Task Force on Criminal Justice, Boston, Massachusetts.

June 2000 “Prostitution and the criminal justice system” Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, Boston, Massachusetts.

May 1998 "Prostitution and American minorities" UNESCO Conference on Minority Problems, Budapest, Hungary.

Academic Presentations

August 2008 “Differential Enforcement: Women in Prostitution in Boston” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Boston.

March 2008 “Barriers to healthcare for women who have been incarcerated” American Criminal Justice Society.

March 2008 “Criminal records: Employer hiring preferences and perceptions about the process” American Criminal Justice Society.

March 2008 “Unintended consequences: The gendered impact of the U.S. war on drugs in Ecuador” American Criminal Justice Society.

May 2006 “Employment Screening and Criminal Records” Suffolk University Academic Conference.

June 2005 “Things Just Stay the Same: Ninety Years of Females Incarcerated in Massachusetts” Law and Society Conference Las Vegas, Nevada.

October 2005 “Constrained Choices: Juvenile Females, Violence and Aggression” Massachusetts Bay Transportation Association Training provided by the Juvenile Justice Center at Suffolk University.

March 2003 “Social class, drugs, gender and the limitations of the law: Contrasting the elite prostitute with the street prostitute” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts.

September 2003 “Working with the female offender” Forensic Access to Community Services, Boston, Massachusetts.

November 2003 “The life experiences of pimp vs non-pimp controlled prostitutes”American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.

June 2002 “Crimes without victims and social class: Contrasting the elite and the street prostitute” Law and Society Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

January 2001 "Female offender profile" Commonwealth of Massachusetts-Working Group on Women in Prison House of Representatives, Boston, Massachusetts.

August 2001 "Profile of Massachusetts female offenders" Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives, Boston, Massachusetts, Aired on Gavel to Gavel.

June 2001 "The need for a coordinated public health and criminal approach to crime" Massachusetts Public Health Association, Boston, Massachusetts.

July 2001 "Pushing the problem in the future: Criminal law's failure to take into account the children of female inmates" Law and Society Association, Budapest, Hungary.

November 2001 “Women are different: The criminal justice’s failure to acknowledge the differing needs of the female offender” IV International Workshop Women in the XXI Century, Havana, Cuba.

October 2001 “The forgotten victims: The children of incarcerated females” New England Council on Crime and Delinquency, North Conway, New Hampshire.

September 2000 "Female offenders: Seeking equity in an inequitable system" National Association of Social Workers, Boston, Massachusetts.

March 2000 "The needs of children of incarcerated mothers" Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, New Orleans, Louisiana.

December 2000 "Needs assessment of the children of incarcerated mothers" Women's Resource Center, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

December 2000 "Female offenders in the criminal justice system" Suffolk County Sheriffs Department Directions 2000, Boston, Massachusetts.

October 2000 "Female offender profile" Women's Resource Center, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

August 2000 "Who are the female offenders?" Commonwealth of Massachusetts Administrative Branch of the Trial Court-Office of Community Corrections, Marlboro, Massachusetts.

July 2000 "Needs assessment of the children of incarcerated mothers" Commonwealth of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, Massachusetts.

June 2000 "Focus on the female offender" Commonwealth of Massachusetts Administrative Branch of the Trial Court-Office of the Commissioner of Probation, Boston, Massachusetts.

April 2000 "Needs assessment of the children of incarcerated mothers" Adcare Criminal Justice Services, Brewster, Massachusetts.

March 2000 "Needs assessment of the children of incarcerated mothers" Commonwealth of Massachusetts Administrative Branch of the Trial Court-Office of Community Corrections, Boston, Massachusetts.

Invited Interviews

July 2008 “Demand Side of Prostitution” with Ambassador Swanee Hunt.

October 2005 Interview by Girls’ Coalition of Greater Boston published in Girl Matters.

November 2003 Interview by Boston Globe on teenage prostitution.

January 2002 Interview by Monte Morin Los Angeles Times on street prostitution.

April 2001 Interview by Boston Globe on sentencing guidelines

January 2001 Quoted in American Prospect, 12:1, 33-37.

Community Service

October 2005 Consultant for Suffolk County House of Corrections-South Bay Statistical Analysis. 

June 2005 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety Dedicated External Female offender Review Panel.

March 2004 National Institute of Justice Consultant

December 2003 Elected to the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Boston, Massachusetts.

November 2003 Elected to the board of directors at the Sex Workers Project at The Urban Institute, New York, New York.

August 2002 English instructor for Russian children in Novosibirsk Russia.

July 2002 Elected to the Steering Committee on Working Group on Female Prostitution, Boston, Massachusetts.

June 2001 Elected to the Steering Committee of the Women's Working Group on Women in Prisons, House of Representatives, Boston, Massachusetts.

April 2001 Elected to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizen's Academy, Boston, Massachusetts.

April 2001 Elected to the Steering Committee of the Criminal Justice Policy Committee, Boston, Massachusetts.

Suffolk University Service

2000-present Director of the Masters of Criminal Justice Internship and Practicum Program
2000-present Instructor Suffolk University’s Dean College
1999-present Academic Standing Committee
1996-present Faculty Advisor

Courses Taught

Drugs and Society
Corrections
Social Theory
Social Research Methods