Core Faculty

Lorraine Bayard de Volo

Joanne Belknap


University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Ethnic Studies, UCB 339
Ketchum 168
Boulder, CO  80309-0339


Curriculum vitae



Ph.D., Michigan State University - Criminal Justice, 1986
M.A., Michigan State University - Criminal Justice, 1983
B.A., University of Colorado Boulder - Political Science, 1981


Joanne Belknap received a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University in 1986. She is a Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado and has served as President of the American Society of Criminology. She is primarily interested in the trajectory of trauma to offending, and has numerous scholarly publications, most of which involve violence against women and girls and incarcerated women and girls. Dr. Belknap is currently working on the fourth edition of her book, The Invisible Woman: Gender, Crime, and Justice. She has secured almost two million dollars in grant money to conduct research on women, girls, and crime. She has served on state advisory boards for female offenders and women in prison, on U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno's Violence Against Women Committee, gave expert testimony to the Warren Christopher Commission investigating the Rodney King police brutality incident in Los Angeles, and served as a pro bono advisor on criminal justice policy for the Obama presidential campaign. Dr. Belknap has won numerous research, teaching and service awards, and served as an Executive Board Member of the American Society of Criminology.

Selected Publications

Belknap, Joanne. (2007). The Invisible Woman: Gender, Crime, and Justice, 3rd Edition. Belmont, CA. Thomson Wadsworth Publishing Company. (The first edition was published in 1996; the second edition was published in 2001, the fourth edition is under contract.)

McDaniels-Wilson, Cathy, and Joanne Belknap. (2008) "The Extensive Sexual Violation and Sexual Abuse Histories of Incarcerated Women." Violence Against Women, 14(10):1090-1127. (Winner of the Best Article of 2008 in Violence Against Women).

Belknap, Joanne and Hillary Potter. 2005. "The Trials of Measuring the 'Success' of Domestic Violence Policies." Criminology & Public Policy, 4(3):559-566.