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Nicole Hahn Rafter

Northeastern University, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Published onNov 04, 2014
Nicole Hahn Rafter


Nicole (“Nicky”) Hahn Rafter was a prominent feminist criminologist. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College, Master of Arts in Teaching from Harvard University, and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York, Albany. From 1977 onward, she was a professor at Northeastern University. Rafter’s research focused on the female prison system, eugenics movement, gender in eugenics, and the representation of crime films in mass media and culture. She authored several influential books and articles. Together with Mary Gibson, she translated Cesare Lombroso’s Criminal Man and Criminal Woman, fundamental texts in criminology. She received numerous honors, including the 2009 Edwin H. Sutherland award from the American Society of Criminology​​. (Visit Nicky’s page on Wikipedia here.)

With Chester Britt (2014)

Keywords: USA, social constructionism, biology and crime, crime in film, women and crime, genocide.

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