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Anna King

Dr. Anna King

Associate Professor; Director MA Program in Criminal Justice & Human Rights


School of Arts & Sciences


Department of Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Sociology & Human Rights

Office Location:

Jefferies Hall 111

Office Hours:

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Criminology, University of Cambridge, England
  • M.A. Criminal Justice, University at Albany, New York
  • B.A. Psychology, Clark University, Massachusetts

Professional Experience

  • Georgian Court University, NJ (2011- present); Department Chair (2014-2019)
  • Rutgers University, NJ (2009-2011)
  • Center for Mental Health Services and Criminal Justice Research, Rutgers University, NJ (2007-2009)
  • Keele University, UK (2005-2007)

Research / Creativity Interest Area

The psychology of punitiveness, countering political violence and terrorism, public opinion on state punishment, empirical criminology and social reform, gender and crime

Additional Information

  • Undergraduate: Attitudes to Crime & Punishment, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, Crime & Mass Media, Domestic Terrorism, Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice, Gender & Crime, Guns & Crime, Introduction to Corrections, Introduction to Criminology, Introduction to Juvenile Justice, Pathway to the Bridge (First-Year Seminar), Political Crimes & Terrorism, Popular Culture & Crime, Quantitative Methods in Criminology, Reforming Criminal Justice, Research Methods in Criminal Justice, The Criminal Justice System, Theories of Crime, Varieties of Crime, Women & Crim
  • Graduate: Attitudes towards Crime & Punishment, Criminal Justice & Society, Theory & Practice in Criminology, Understanding Terrorism, Research Design & Methods in Homeland Security, Qualitative Methods: Narrative Analysis
  • GCU teaching only, see here 
  • Esposito, M. and King, A. (2021), “New York City: COVID-19 quarantine and crime”, Journal of Criminal Psychology, Vol. 11 (2): pp.
  • King, A. (2021). The Ubiquity of Pornography. In Robertiello, G. (ed.) Sexual Harassment and Misconduct. (pp. 239-244). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
  • King, A. (2021). Victim Blaming. In Robertiello, G. (ed.) Sexual Harassment and Misconduct (pp. 355-358). ABC-CLIO.
  • King, A. (2021). Traditionally “Male” Workplaces. In Robertiello, G. (ed.) Sexual Harassment and Misconduct (pp. 342-345). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
  • King, A. (2021). Roiphe, Katie (1968-). In Robertiello, G. (editor) Sexual Harassment and Misconduct (pp. 283-285). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
  • King, A. and Maruna, S. (2020), ‘It Is the Sensual, Stupid’: Katz and the Futures of Criminology. In Polizzi, D. (Ed.), Jack Katz: Seduction, the Street & Emotion (pp.25-39). Emerald Publishing Limited.
  • King, A. (2019). U.N. Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. In Bernat, F.P & Frailing, K. (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Women & Crime, pp. 1047-49, Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118929803.ewac0505
  • King, A. (2019). Female Drug Use, Abuse & Offending. In Bernat, F.P & Frailing, K. (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Women & Crime, pp. 233-34, Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.doi: 10.1002/9781118929803.ewac0125
  • Sheridan, M., Rainville, R., King, A., Royster, B. & Fazari, G. (2019). The Historical Dictionary of Criminal Justice. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. Lanham, MD.
  • King, A. (2018). Just Mercy through Cultural and Convict Criminology, Journal of Criminal Psychology, Special Issue: Prison Research: Expanding our Network. 8 (1): 80-95.
  • King, A. (2017). Going Inside Crime & Punishment: The Oranges of Anti-Rehabilitative Justice. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology, 9 (2): 99-117.
  • Caputo, G., King, A. (2015). Shoplifting by Male and Female Drug Users: Gender, Agency, and Work. Criminal Justice Review, 40 (1): 47-66.
  • King, A., Maruna, S. (2011). Shame, Materialism, and Moral Indignation in the East of England: an Empirical Look at Ranulf’s Thesis. In Karstedt, S., Loader I., Strang, H.(Eds.), Emotions, Crime and Justice, pp. 123-142, Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • Caputo, G., King, A. (2011). Shoplifting, Women, Agency & Gender. Feminist Criminology, 6 (3): 159-177.
  • King, A., Maruna, S. (2009). Is a Conservative just a Liberal Who Has Been Mugged?: Exploring the Origins of Punitive Views? Punishment and Society. 11 (2): 147-169.
  • King, A. (2008). Keeping a Safe Distance: Individualism and the Less Punitive Public. British Journal of Criminology. 48: 190-208.
  • King, A. (2007). [Review of the book Neither Angels nor Demons: Women, Crime and Victimization by Kathleen L. Ferraro]. Law and Politics Book Review. Vol. 17 No.6. 
  • King, A., Maruna, S. (2006). The Function of Fiction for a Punitive Public. In Mason, P. (Ed.), Captured by the Media: Prison Discourse in Popular Culture (pp. 16-30). Cullompton, Willan Publishing.
  • King, A., Maruna, S. (2005). Vigilante Violence. In the Encyclopedia of Criminology, Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
  • Maruna, S., Matravers, A., King, A. (2004). Disowning our Shadow: a Psychoanalytic Approach to Understanding Punitive Public Attitudes, Deviant Behavior, 25(3): 277-299.
  • For all publications, see Google Scholar or ResearchGate
  • GCU Faculty Fellowship Award (2022)
  • GCU Faculty Mini-Grant (2013)
  • Howard League of Penal Reform (2011)
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellow (2007)
  • H.F. Guggenheim Fellow (2003)
  • Gates Cambridge Scholar (2002)


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