James Ptacek, PhD
Professor & Chair
Department of Sociology
Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 573
- PhD, Brandeis University
- MA, University of New Hampshire
- BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Office Hours Fall 2014
Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00pm, and by appointment
- Masculinity and violence
- Legal responses to intimate violence
- Feminist organizing around violence
- Restorative justice and other alternative responses to violence against women
- Class, race, gender, and justice
- The sociology of emotions
Professor Ptacek has been working on the problem of violence against women since 1981. He has been a batterers’ counselor and has conducted training on domestic violence intervention for hospital, mental health, and criminal justice professionals. He has done research on men who batter; on rape and battering on college campuses; and on battered women’s experience with the courts. His 2010 edited book Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women (Oxford University Press) explores new and controversial ways that communities are responding to violence in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. His current research examines the class dimensions of intimate violence. In his teaching, he brings victim advocates and community antiviolence workers into his classes to show students the kinds of career paths that are available to them.
2011-present, Professor, Department of Sociology, Master's Program in Crime and Justice Studies, Suffolk University
2001-2011, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Master’s Program in Crime and Justice Studies, Suffolk University
1996-2000, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Master’s Program in Criminal Justice, Suffolk University
1993-1996, Assistant Professor, Part Time, Department of Sociology, Tufts University
1994-1995, Lecturer in Women’s Studies, Brandeis University
2013 “Restorative Justice.” In Susan Miller, Angela Gover, and Claire Renzetti (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Crime and Gender Studies (New York: Routledge), pp. 226-228.2010 Editor, Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women. New York: Oxford University Press.
2010 “Co-optation and Resistance: Three Feminist Challenges to Anti-Violence Work.” In James Ptacek (Ed.), Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women. New York: Oxford University Press.
2010 “Re-Imagining Justice for Crimes of Violence Against Women.” In James Ptacek (Ed.), In James Ptacek (Ed.), Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women. New York: Oxford University Press.
2009 (Co-authored with Loretta Frederick), “Restorative Justice and Intimate Partner Violence.” Online publication with the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.
Race in American Society
Sociology of Crime
Criminal Justice Systems
Seminar in Criminology and Law
Women and Crime
Introduction to Sociology
Victims of Crime
Graduate Seminar in Intimate Violence and Sexual Assault
Graduate Seminar in Class, Race, Gender, and Justice
Graduate Seminar in Critical Victimology
Graduate Seminar in Community-Based Responses to Violence Against Women
Graduate Practicum in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault