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Marilyn Corsianos, PhD


713K Pray-Harrold




Interests and Expertise

Dr. Corsianos’s research interests include institutions of social control, public and private policing, power and violence. She has studied the police in the U.S. and Canada focusing on police ethics and corruption, gender issues, detectives, discretionary powers, and community policing. She is committed to pursuing social change by identifying exclusionary practices in the production of knowledge, and identifying more equitable policing systems.

Publications and Presentations


Corsianos, Marilyn (with Walter S. DeKeseredy). 2015. Pornography and Violence Against Women. MA: Elsevier/Anderson

Corsianos, Marilyn. 2012. The Complexities of Police Corruption: Gender, Identity and Misconduct. Rowman and Littlefield.

Corsianos, Marilyn. 2009. Policing and Gendered Justice: Examining the Possibilities. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (won CHOICE award; Outstanding Academic Title)

Corsianos, Marilyn and Kelly A.Train, eds., 2000. Interrogating Social Justice: Politics, Culture and Identity. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press.

Corsianos, Marilyn. Keeping Them Honest? The Roles of the Police in Extreme Pornography: (in progress)

Select Articles:

Corsianos, Marilyn. 2015. “Institutionalized Abuse of Police Power: How Public Policing Condones and Legitimizes Police Corruption in North America”, in G. Barak (ed.), Routledge International Handbook of Crimes of the Powerful. Routledge.

Corsianos, Marilyn. 2011. Gendered Justice through Community Policing. Cotemporary Justice Review. Volume 14, Number 1, pp. 7-20.

Reprinted in L. Huey and Luis Fernandez (eds.), Rethinking Police and Justice: Alternatives to Policing. Routledge. 2012.

Corsianos, Marilyn. 2007. "Mainstream Pornography and 'Women': Questioning Sexual Agency." Critical Sociology, Vol. 33, No. 5-6, 863-885.

Corsianos, Marilyn. 2004. "'Women' Detectives and Perceptions of 'Oppressive' Experiences" Critical Criminology, Vol. 12, No. 1, 67-85.

Corsianos, Marilyn. 2001. "Conceptualizing 'Justice' in Detectives' Decision Making." International Journal of the Sociology of Law, 29(2), 113-126.

Select Presentations:

"Police Corruption, Gender, and Hegemonic Masculinity" Annual Meeting of American Society of Criminologists, Chicago, November 14, 2012.

"A Gendered Analysis of Police Corruption", Pursuing Justice, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, March 30, 2011

 "Community Policing and Action Research: Identifying and Responding to Officers' Gendered Experiences." Annual Meeting of American Society of Criminologists,Philadelphia,Pennsylvania, November 2009.

 "Gender, Race and Ethnic Relations" Law Enforcement Training Academy, Toronto,  Canada,  December 2008.

"Promoting Gendered Justice using the Community-Oriented Policing Model." Annual Meeting of American Society of Criminologists,Atlanta,Georgia,November 14-17, 2007.

"Policing and Gendered Justice". International Conference on Sociology by the Sociology Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research.Athens,Greece,May 14-16, 2007.

"Gender and Detectives: Working Towards Social Justice". Annual Meeting of American Society of Criminologists, Session:  Feminist Empowerment in Criminal Justice. Toronto, Canada November 18, 2005.

"Female Police Officers and Police Culture:  Can Community Policing Initiatives be used as Feminist Tools?" Michigan Sociological Association, Session:  Issues in Criminology. Ypsilanti, MI, October 22, 2005

"'Women' Detectives and Perceptions of 'Oppressive' Experiences: Exploring Experiential Essentialism and Phenomenology." 2003 Annual Meeting of American Society of Criminologists.Denver,Colorado,November 22, 2003.

"Experiential Essentialism and Phenomenology: Why Mainstream Pornography is Criminal?" 2002 Annual Meeting of American Society of Criminologists.Chicago,November 13, 2002.

Second Generation Greek-Canadian Women: Exploring Fixed Notions of National Identity, Ethnicity, Culture and Gender." The Mighty Aphrodites Conference, Panel: Place of Greek Women in a Changing World, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, March 30, 2002 (Invited Honorarium).

"Justice and Police Discretionary Powers: A Critical Theoretical Perspective," 2000 American Sociological Association, Session:  Criminological Theory: Development and Extension,Anaheim,California, August 20, 2001.

Courses Taught

  • WGST 200: Introduction to Women's Studies
  • WGST 338: Women, Crime & Justice

The Women's and Gender Studies Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344