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Criminal Justice Faculty Spotlight: Alissa Pollitz Worden, Associate Professor

Get to know your faculty! This is the first in series of spotlights on the research interests and scholarship of the faculty of the School of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Alissa Pollitz Worden’s research focuses on a variety of topics, including the decision making processes of criminal justice actors, agencies and networks; the determinants of criminal justice policy; the connection between political climate and public policy; and public opinion regarding the causes of domestic violence and how domestic violence incidences should be handled. Her current research projects focus on police officer’s attitudes towards race and gender, theory and its relation to the study of criminal justice, and tracking change in domestic violence enforcement policies. Over time her projects have generated more than a million dollars in grant funding from various institutions, including the New York State Police/COPS, the National Institute of Justice, and the New York Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

Dr. Worden earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987 and taught at the University of Georgia and Michigan State University before coming to UAlbany in 1990.

Dr. Worden has written a number of book chapters that can be found at the Libraries:

Alissa Pollitz Worden and Andrew Davies. 2009. “Protecting Due Process Policies in a Punitive Era: An Analysis of Changes in Providing Counsel to the Poor.��? In Austin Sarat, editor, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society: Special Issue - New Perspectives on Crime and Criminal Justice. Volume 47: 71-114. (Dewey HV 7431 N48x 2009).

David E. Duffee, Alissa Pollitz Worden, and Edward Maguire. 2007. “Directions for Theory and Theorizing in Criminal Justice.��? In David E. Duffee and Edward Maguire, editors, Criminal Justice Theory. New York: Routledge. (Dewey HV 7419 C753 2007).

Alissa Pollitz Worden. 2007. “Courts and Communities: Toward a Theoretical Synthesis.��? In David E. Duffee and Edward Maguire, editors, Criminal Justice Theory. New York: Routledge. (Dewey HV 7419 C753 2007).

Several of her recent journal articles and reports can also be found in the Libraries’ collection:

Andrew Davies and Alissa Pollitz Worden. 2009. "State Politics and the Right to Counsel:
A Comparative Analysis"
. Law & Society Review 43(1). Available through Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text.

Bonnie E. Carlson and Alissa Pollitz Worden. 2005. “Attitudes and Beliefs about Domestic Violence: Results of a Public Opinion Survey: Definitions of Domestic Violence, Criminal Domestic Violence, and Prevalence.��? Journal of Interpersonal Violence 20(10). Available through SAGE Criminology Full Text Collection.

Alissa Pollitz Worden and Bonnie E. Carlson. 2005. “Attitudes and Beliefs about Domestic Violence: Results of a Public Opinion Survey: Beliefs about Causes.��? Journal of Interpersonal Violence 20(10). Available through SAGE Criminology Full Text Collection.

Alissa Pollitz Worden. 2000. “The Changing Boundaries of the Criminal Justice System: Redefining the Problem and the Response in Domestic Violence,��? in Charles Friel, editor, Boundary Changes in Criminal Justice Organizations: Volume 2, Criminal Justice 2000. National Institute of Justice. (GovDoc J 85 J 28.2:C 86/22/V.2 and ONLINE [http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/lps5244/Vol.%202/02g2.pdf]).


For assistance researching these and other criminal justice topics, contact subject specialist Mary Jane Brustman at mbrustman@albany.edu or 442-3540 or drop by the Reference Desk.