Tamm Arford

Tammi Arford, PhD

Associate Professor

Crime & Justice Studies



Liberal Arts 399F


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


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




Online and Continuing Education Courses

Selected topics in Black Studies. May be repeated with change of content/topic.
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Exploration of the War on Drugs in terms of the structural, historic, and cultural realities within the criminalization of drug use. The course examines the social construction of drugs, drug use, and addiction. The role of race, nation, gender, and class in shaping public policy, popular culture, law enforcement, and societal reactions guides the examination of each of these topics.
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Research awards

  • $ 149,992 awarded by MA Department Of Higher Education for Transformative Justice Certificate Program


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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