Contact Women and Gender Studies

Program Director:
Jill Swiencicki
Email: jswiencicki@sjfc.edu
Phone: (585) 385-8214

Faculty Detail

Barbara A. Rockell

Title: Associate Professor
Office: Kearney Hall, Room 311B
Phone: (585) 385-2134
Email: brockell@sjfc.edu
Education: Ph.D., SUNY-Albany


Dr. Rockell received her Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany, after a 25 year career in the field of juvenile and criminal justice.  She has worked in the area of child protective services, taught college courses in a maximum security facility, and held positions at both the State (NYS Commission of Correction, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services) and local (Monroe County Sheriff’s Office) levels of criminal justice.  Dr. Rockell’s areas of scholarly interest include female criminality and the sociology of punishment.  In 2008, she published Women street hustlers:  Who they are and how they survive, a book detailing her ethnographic research of the street lives of 60 women incarcerated in a local county jail.  Dr. Rockell also has published in the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture and the Journal of Criminal Justice Education.  Her most recent research involved life course interviews with 20 women being held in four rural county jails, the results of which were presented in a paper at the American Society of Criminology and are currently being prepared for publication.  Future research interests include an examination of jail law; prison impacts on communities; and rural criminality.

Dr. Rockell coordinates the Sociology internship program and is primarily responsible for the criminal justice offerings in the department, including such courses as Crime and Punishment, Sociology of Crime, Prison Nation, Crime and the Media, and Women and Crime.       

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