Melissa Morabito is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and was a policy analyst with the Department of Justice Office before her academic career. Morabito conducts research on the adoption of police innovation concentrating on issues of technology, diversity and police response to public health problems in the community such as mental illness and sexual assault.
As a CWW Associate, Morabito is currently focused on a project documenting the progress of women in policing. The current literature has largely been untouched since the 1980s. Simultaneously, the numbers of women in policing have largely remained stagnant with large numbers of women hired in the 80s retiring. Further exploration and explanation is necessary to better understand the experiences of female officers. By exploring the experiences of women across the policing career spectrum, working in police agencies of different size and structures and serving diverse communities, her research is intended to shed light on the commonalities and differences of the female experience.