Faculty Experts - Jill A. McCorkel, PhD

Jill A. McCorkel, PhD

Jill A. McCorkel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Criminology
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Prisons and Punishment
  • Law and Criminal Justice Policy
  • Race, Class and Gender Inequality
  • War on Drugs


Dr. McCorkel’s research examines the social and political consequences of mass incarceration in the United States. Dr. McCorkel’s current research projects explore prison privatization, the impact of parental incarceration on children and prisoner reentry. She can offer expert commentary on gender differences in criminal offending, sentencing and punishment; racial inequality in the criminal justice system; police use of force; prison-based education programs; violence in prison; prison overcrowding and solitary confinement. In addition, Dr. McCorkel teaches undergraduate sociology courses at a maximum security prison for men and has served as a consultant on parole and commutation petitions, and wrongful conviction and death penalty cases.


  • Ph.D., University of Delaware
  • M.A., University of Delaware
  • B.A., Bucknell University 

Selected Publications

  • McCorkel, Jill.  2018 (In Press).  “Banking on Rehab: Private Prison Vendors and the Reconfiguration of Mass Incarceration.” Studies in Law, Politics, and Society.
  • Aiello, Brittnie and Jill McCorkel. 2017. “’It Will Crush You Like a Bug’: Maternal Incarceration, Secondary Prisonization, and Children’s Visitation.” Punishment & Society.
  • McCorkel, Jill. 2013.  Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment.  NY: New York University Press.
  • Becker, Sarah and Jill McCorkel. 2011.  “The Gender of Criminal Opportunity: The Impact of Male Co-offenders on Women’s Crime.” Feminist Criminology 6(2):79-110.
  • McCorkel, Jill and Jason Rodriquez. 2009. “’Are you an African? The Politics of Self Construction in Status-Based Social Movements.” Social Problems 56(2):357-384.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Program Faculty, Villanova Africana Studies Program
  • Advisory Board, Villanova Program at SCI Graterford
  • Editorial Board, Qualitative Sociology
  • Community Partner, Eastern State Penitentiary

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