Dr. Susan Dewey

Graduate Director


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 2004
  • Certificate in Women’s Studies, Syracuse University, 2002
  • Certificate in South Asia Studies, Syracuse University, 2004
  • M.A., Anthropology, Syracuse University, 2002
  • B.A., Anthropology, Stony Brook University, 1999

Research Areas

  • Violence
  • Corrections
  • Gender inequality
  • Qualitative methods


Professor Dewey’s research and teaching focus on the intersections between violence and poverty in women’s criminal justice system involvement, an area in which she has an established record of academic, professional, and collaborative leadership at the community, state, federal, and international levels. Reaching beyond disciplinary confines, her research results have shaped policy and practice through twelve books and over one hundred papers, including substantive reports for UN Women, the US Census Bureau, Planned Parenthood, the Correctional Education Association, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the Wyoming Department of Corrections. Her work has also received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Microsoft Philanthropies, and numerous other entities. Results of these projects have featured in national media outlets such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, PBS, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and The Nation. In addition to her academic research and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Dewey has performed extensive pro bono work for a variety of criminal justice agencies, including the Wyoming Department of Corrections, where she held a Central Office staff badge and founded a free college-in-prison program.

Selected Publications