Cortney entered the PhD program in the Fall of 2005, after receiving a B.A. from Penn State University in International Politics and a JD from New England School of Law. After spending three years representing victims of crime, particularly homicide and rape survivors, in the criminal justice system, Cortney returned academia to pursue her PhD at the University of Maryland. Her research interests include the role of the victim and victim advocacy in the criminal justice process, issues related to violence against women, and criminal law. Cortney is a member of the Maryland Bar and an attorney for the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation.

Areas of Interest

  • Criminal Law, Criminological Theory, Effects of Domestic Violence, Gender and Crime, Preventive Interventions, Victimization, Violence, Violence Against Women


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    International Politics, Penn State University
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    New England School of Law
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
CCJS230 Criminal Law in Action Fall 2019 Syllabus
CCJS301 Fundamentals in Criminal Justice Fall 2021 Syllabus
Cortney Fisher
2220X LeFrak Hall
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
cfisher3 [at]