Sally Simpson

Professor, CCJS Chair, and Director of C-BERC

Sally S. Simpson is Professor and Acting Chair 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
CCJS498C Selected Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice; Police and Campus Interaction Spring 2018 Syllabus
CCJS663 Issues in Corporate Crime Fall 2017 Syllabus
CCJS105 Introduction to Criminology Spring 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.  The most recent publication using these data is:  Age-graded Pathways into Crime:  Evidence from a Multi-Site Retrospective Study of Incarcerated Women, (2016) by Sally S. Simpson, Mariel Alper, Laura Dugan, Julie Horney, Candace Kruttschnitt, and Rosemary Gartner.  Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology 2: 296-320.

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), corporate governance and self-regulatory mechanisms.  I've recently completed one project and another is ongoing funded by the National Institute of Justice.  The first examines the public's willingness to pay for white-collar crime control (with Tom Loughran and Mark Cohen).  The second explores the reciprical relationships between diversity (gender, racial/ethic) in corporate governance, structural board characteristics, top management team diversity, corporate offending, and legal responses to offending (with Debra Shapiro, Christine Beckman, and Gerald Martin).  Peter C. Yeager and 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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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Phone: (301) 405-4726