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Criminology and Justice Studies

Gender & Gendered Institutions: A Biographical Exploration of Women’s Experiences Working in Law Enforcement

Principal Investigators:

Melissa Morabito and Tara Shelley, Colorado State University

In recent decades, the representation of women in policing has stalled.  While there was a great deal of discussion about this phenomenon in the 1990s, little research has been conducted since that time.  Dr. Tara Shelley and I have received a small grant from the University of Massachusetts Boston to enhance our knowledge of women in policing. The goal of our study is to better understand the experiences of female sworn personnel in a variety of police departments by conducting biographical open-ended interviews.