Tammi Arford, PhD

Associate Professor

Crime & Justice Studies

508-910-6943

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Liberal Arts 399H

Education

2013Northeastern UniversityPhD in Sociology
2008Northeastern UniversityMA in Sociology
2006University of FloridaBA in Anthropology

Teaching

  • Transformative Justice
  • Social Control
  • A History of Criminology
  • Prison Writing
  • Research Methods for Justice Studies

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Introduction to the College of Arts and Sciences. This course facilitates a smooth transition to college life through academic and life skills enhancement and the development of enduring relationships between students, faculty and advisors, and classmates. Topics include utilizing campus resources, the importance of co-curricular activities, time management, reading and notetaking, information literacy, and career and major/minor exploration.

The history of criminology through a study of the theorists who comprise the field's three dominant schools of thought: Classical Criminology, Positivism and Critical Criminology. Students will be introduced to critical deconstructions of each paradigm through a fourth school of thought: Anti-Colonial Criminology. The historical and political contexts of each theory and theorist will be emphasized to highlight the impact criminology has on policy, society and human relations.

The history of criminology through a study of the theorists who comprise the field's three dominant schools of thought: Classical Criminology, Positivism and Critical Criminology. Students will be introduced to critical deconstructions of each paradigm through a fourth school of thought: Anti-Colonial Criminology. The historical and political contexts of each theory and theorist will be emphasized to highlight the impact criminology has on policy, society and human relations.

Historical and contemporary criminological perspectives as they apply to victims and victimization. Special emphasis will be placed on the interrelationships that exist between victims and offenders. The course examines victimization theories and addresses the role victim interest groups play in the implementation of socio-political criminal justice policies.

Historical and contemporary criminological perspectives as they apply to victims and victimization. Special emphasis will be placed on the interrelationships that exist between victims and offenders. The course examines victimization theories and addresses the role victim interest groups play in the implementation of socio-political criminal justice policies.

Selected topics of contemporary relevance in the field of Crime and Justice studies. Active discussions, mini-lectures, filed simulations, student presentations, role-playing, guest speakers, and field observations may be utilized. A significant research paper will be required.

Selected topics of contemporary relevance in the field of Crime and Justice studies. Active discussions, mini-lectures, filed simulations, student presentations, role-playing, guest speakers, and field observations may be utilized. A significant research paper will be required.

Students registering for this course are placed in relevant positions in the criminal justice system, such as a parole office, court, or correctional facility, where their work will be supervised by an on-site sponsor as well as Departmental advisor.

Research

Research Interests

  • Punishment and social control
  • Cultural criminology
  • Critical carceral studies
  • Penal Tourism
  • Transformative justice and pedagogy

Select publications

Patricia Morris and Tammi Arford (2018).
Sweat a little water, sweat a little blood: A spectacle of convict labor.
Crime, Media & Culture

Tammi Arford (2016).
Touring Operational Carceral Facilities: An Ethical Inquiry
The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism, 925-945.

Tammi Arford (2016).
Prisons as Sites of Power and Resistance
The Sage Handbook of Resistance, 224-243.

Tammi Arford is an Associate Professor of Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her research and teaching interests include punishment and social control, penal abolition, and transformative justice. She has recently been working on several projects about penal spectatorship, focusing on prison tourism, historic memory, aesthetics, and visual representations of suffering.

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