Sally Simpson

Professor, CCJS Chair, and Director of C-BERC

Sally S. Simpson is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of the Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, & Crime (C-BERC) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests include corporate crime, criminological theory, and the intersection between gender, race, class, and crime.

Simpson is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and,in 2008, was named Distinguished Scholar by the Division on Women and Crime, American Society of Criminology. Simpson has served as  President of the Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  She is former Chair of the Crime, Law, and Deviance Section of the American Sociological Association and past President of the White-Collar Crime Research Consortium. Recipient of the Herbert Bloch Award from the American Society of Criminology, in 2010 Simpson was named Woman of the Year by the President's Commission on Women's Issues at the Unviersity of Maryland.  Simpson won the Gilbert Geis Lifetime Achievement Award from the National White-Collar Crime Center and the White-Collar Crime Research Consortium in 2013.

Areas of Interest:
  • Corporate Crime, Gender and Crime, Measurement of White Collar Crime, Testing Criminological Theory
  • Ph.D Sociology
  • BS Sociology
  • MA Sociology
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
CCJS105 Introduction to Criminology Spring 2017 Syllabus
CCJS663 Issues in Corporate Crime Fall 2017 Syllabus
CCJS660 Gender and Crime Fall 2016 Syllabus
CCJS663 Issues in Corporate Crime Spring 2016 Syllabus
CCJS105 Introduction to Criminology Fall 2015 Syllabus
CCJS660 Gender and Crime Spring 2015 Syllabus
CCJS105 Introduction to Criminology Fall 2014 Syllabus

Gender and Crime

Using a computerized life-event calendar, Simpson and Co-Principal Investigators Julie Horney (Penn State University), Rosemary Gartner (University of Toronto), and Candace Kruttschnitt (University of Toronto) collected 3 years of retrospective data from more than 800 incarcerated women in Baltimore, Toronto, and Minneapolis. This project (Women’s Experience of Violence or WEV) examines individual, situational, and community factors that are associated with violent offending and victimization. In addition, for Baltimore and Minneapolis respondents, neighborhood census data are linked to individual addresses. Ongoing projects that use these data include: Publications: Rachael Powers and Sally S. Simpson, “Self-Protective Behaviors and Injury in Domestic Violence Situations: Does it Hurt to Fight Back?” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2012. Sally S. Simpson, Jennifer L. Castro, Laura Dugan, “Understanding Women’s Pathways to Jail: A Life Event History Analysis of the Lives of Incarcerated Women.” The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 41: 84-108, 2008. Rachael Wyckoff and Sally S. Simpson, The Effects of Self-Protective Behaviors on Injury for African American Women in Domestic Violence Situations.” Crime, Law, and Social Change. Volume 49 (4): 271-288, 2008. Lee Ann Slocum, Sally S. Simpson, and Douglas A. Smith, “Strained Lives and Crime: Examining Intra-Individual Variation in Strain and Offending in a Sample of Incarcerated Women.” Criminology, 43 (4): 1067-1110, 2005.

Corporate Crime

My long-standing interest in corporate crime can be divided into three main themes: (1) under what conditions are companies more or less likely to violate the law; (2) manager decision-making; and (3) crime prevention and control strategies including formal legal sanctions (administrative, civil, and criminal) and self-regulatory mechanisms.  Two projects, funded by the National Institute of Justice, examine the public's willingness to pay for white-collar crime control (with Tom Loughran and Mark Cohen) and the reciprical relationships between diversity (gender, racial/ethic) in corporate governance, top management team characteristics, corporate offending, and legal responses to offending (with Debra Shapiro, Christine Beckman, and Gerald Martin).  With Peter C. Yeager, I recently completed a cooperative project with the Bureau of Justice Statistics to investigate the feasibility of building a comprehensive white-collar violations data system.  For more detailed information about this project, go to:


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