Dr. Sally S. Simpson and Dr. Lauren Porter were recently awarded funding from the ADVANCE Program for Interdisciplinary and Engaged Research for their research projects.
Dr. Simpson will be the principal investigator on the research project "Gender in the Boardroom and Corporate Crime: An Empirical Study." The project will use longitudinal data to examine the dynamic relationship between board composition and corporate offending, and whether discovery causes firms to restructure their boards. In particular, the project aims to study the dynamic relationship between gender composition of the board of directors, corporate financial crime (malfeasance), and changes in board composition that may results as a consequence of offense discovery and the application of sanctions. Dr. Simpson will collaborate with co-PIs Dr. Debra Shapiro and Dr. Christine Beckman of the R.H. Smith Business School with specializations in Management and Organization, and Dr. Gerald Martin from American University with a specialization in Finance.
Dr. Simpson is well-known for her research on the etiology of corporate crime, corporate crime prevention and control, and gender and crime. Her recent work, drawing from a factorial survey administered to MBA students and business executives, explores perceptions of the situated context in which environmental offending opportunities arise and the ways in which gender conditions the likelihood of managers' intentions to violate law. As well as being a professor, she is the Director of Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, and Crime (C-BERC), an interdisciplinary center that is jointly funded by the College of Behavioral Science and the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Dr. Lauren Porter's research project "Racial Stereotypes, Neuro-Psychological Responses, and Criminal Punishment" will be the first to incorporate EEG-based indicators of internal states to investigate disparate sentencing outcomes. This study has the potential to initiate an entirely new stream of research on how to reduce bias among court actors. Theoretically, it also offers a great potential to adance understanding of the relationships between offender race and observed bias in sentencing. This research will be a collaboration between Dr. Porter as principal investigator and two co-PIs, CCJS Associate Professor Brian Johnson and Associate Professor Will Kalkhoff, social psychologist at Kent State University.
Dr. Porter is largely interested in topics that revolve around punishment. In particular, she investigates questions related to incarceration, including the collateral consequences of imprisonment and how population dynamics shape incarceration trends.
The ADVANCE Program intends to fund thirteen Interdisciplinary and Engaged Research Seed Grants of up to $20,000 each year. The grants are only awarded to projects that include interdisciplinary research, the integration of two or more disciplines, and engaged research, projects that involve external partners and that benefit the public good.The ADVANCE Program is funded through a partnership between the University of Maryland, College Park and the National Science Foundation, and started the Interdisciplinary and Engaged Research Seed Grants program to help promote collaborations among women faculty members in departments and colleges across UMD.
Congratulations Drs. Simpson and Porter!