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Dr. Joycelyn M. Pollock



J.D. University of Houston Law Center (1990)
Ph.D. Criminal Justice, SUNY-Albany (1982)
M.A. Criminal Justice, SUNY-Albany (1979)
B.A. Sociology, Whitman College (1978)

Areas of Expertise:

Ethics in Criminal Justice
Correctional Law
Feminist Criminology
Criminal Law
Women in Policing


Joycelyn M. Pollock started her career in criminal justice as a probation and parole officer in the state of Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and was nominated to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a Master’s and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany. She also obtained a J.D. at the University of Houston, and passed the Texas Bar in 1991.

She has held various positions in the New York Department of Corrections, the Commission of Corrections, and the Correctional Association of New York. In 1985 she joined the faculty of the criminal justice program at the University of Houston-Downtown. As a volunteer with the Houston Police Department Crisis Intervention Unit., she worked with police department social workers responding to calls of domestic violence, lost elderly, and sexual assault. She created courses at the University of Houston-Downtown in the areas of victimology, criminal justice ethics, and women in the system (as professionals, offenders and victims) and these remain her primary research areas, along with prisons and legal topics. Her books include Ethics in Crime and Justice: Dilemmas and Decisions (2009, 6th ed.), Crime and Justice in America: An Introduction (2008), Criminal Law (with John Klotter, 2007), Morality Stories (with Michael Braswell and Scott Braswell, 2005/2007), Case Studies in Criminal Justice Ethics (with Michael Braswell and Larry Miller, 2006), Prisons and Prison Life (2004), Women, Prison and Society (2002, 2nd ed.), Criminal Women (1999), Counseling Women Prisoners (1998), and Sex and Supervision: Guarding Male and Female Inmates (1986). She also was editor of Prison: Today and Tomorrow, 2d Ed. (2005) and co-editor with Alida Merlo of Women, Law, Social Control, 2d ed. (2005).

She served as Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Texas State University (1993-1996) and graduate director (2002-2006). Currently, she is a full professor teaching courses in the areas of women in the criminal justice system, ethics, law, and corrections at both the undergraduate and graduate level. At the doctoral level she teaches Philosophy of Law and Ethics. In addition to teaching at Texas State, she has delivered training to police officers, probation officers, parole officers, constables, and other groups in the areas of sexual harassment, ethics, and criminology. She has taught at the Houston Police Academy, the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Training Institute, and been a guest speaker at the International Association of Policewomen, Texas Juvenile Justice Association, the Northwest Correctional Educators’ Association, the American Correctional Association, and the Southwest Legal Institute. She has served as President of the Southwest Association of Criminal Justice and Trustee-at-Large for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. She serves or has served on the editorial board of several academic journals, including Women & Criminal Justice, Justice Quarterly and Crime and Delinquency. She is acquisitions advisor to the editor of Anderson Lexis/Nexis Publishing Company.

In 1997 she was awarded a Senior Justice Fellowship from the Center for Crime, Communities and Culture of The Open Society to do a national study of parenting programs in women’s prisons. In 1998 she was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship at Turku School of Law in Turku, Finland. In 1999 she was one of 8 finalists for a United States Supreme Court fellowship. In 2004, she received the Presidential Seminar Award at Texas State University-San Marcos. In 2006 she received the Outstanding Texas State Woman Faculty Award and also the Bruce Smith Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for “outstanding contributions to criminal justice.” In 2008 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Albany, School of Criminal Justice.



126 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-7706

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