Dr. Brittany VandeBerg

Associate Chair
Associate Professor


  • PhD University of Toronto, Geography
  • MS University of Wisconsin-Madison, Urban and Regional Planning
  • BA University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science

Research Areas

  • Violence and Resilience
  • Gender and Crime
  • Maritime Piracy
  • Legal Geographies


Dr. VandeBerg researches violence and resilience with a particular focus on gender. Her current international research agenda examines offender and victimization experiences related to piracy and the diffusion and transformation of piracy laws and criminal justice systems in East Africa. Locally, she conducts research on gun violence, domestic violence, and gender-responsive prison reform in the Deep South.Dr. VandeBerg is a special assistant to the United Nations International Law Commission Special Rapporteur for Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea and a former consultant with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Counter Piracy Programme and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Somalia Fisheries Sector.


Selected Publications

Dewey, S., VandeBerg, B. & Webb, H. (forthcoming) Gun Present: Inside a Southern District Attorney’s Battle Against Gun Violence. University of California Press.  

VandeBerg, B. (2023) Women of Piracy. Routledge.  

Dewey, S.; VandeBerg, B.; *Oroz, R.; and Lockwood-Roberts, S. (2023) Talking back: Non-uniformed prison staff respond to media representations of their work. Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture. 23(2): 29-46. 

Dewey, S., VandeBerg, B., Prohaska, A., and Yearout, L. (2023) Women incarcerated in rural Southern prisons: A review of existing multidisciplinary literature and suggestions for future directions. International Journal of RuralCriminology. 7(3): 386-414. 

Margulies, J. D., Masse, F., VandeBerg, B. (2022 online first). Illicit geographies and contested environments: An introduction. Political Geography.