Areas of Expertise (7)
Prison Education Programs
Race, Class and Gender Inequality
Prisons and Punishment
Law and Criminal Justice Policy
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 is the author of a book about women's prisons, “Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment.” 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.
University of Delaware: PhD
University of Delaware: MA
Bucknell University: BA
Select Accomplishments (2)
Distinguished Scholar Award, 2014
American Society of Criminology, Division of Women and Crime
2013 Villanova University Last Lecture
Annual event hosted by the Villanova University Seniors Committee in Student Life and the Office of Development to celebrate the accomplishments of the Senior Class with a “last lecture” as Villanova students.
Select Media Appearances (3)
At women's prison, a vision for success
The Morning Call
But despite calls for such programs from prison reform advocates and politicians, job training for female inmates is still treated as an afterthought, said Jill McCorkel, a Villanova University sociology professor who studies issues facing incarcerated women.
At Graterford, lifers get degrees even if they'll never use them
The landscape changed dramatically when the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 eliminated Pell Grants for prisoners. Most universities couldn't afford to continue their programs. But Villanova decided to underwrite the cost, becoming a "national model" for inmate education, said Jill McCorkel, a Villanova sociology professor who has taught in the program ...
Smart Talk: What's behind the dramatic increase in women prison inmates?
Dr. Jill McCorkel from Villanova University appears on Monday's Smart Talk to discuss her book: Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment, in which she interviewed incarcerated women from east coast prisons, including some in Pennsylvania. The book examines the reasons behind the huge increase in the incarceration of American women during the past 25 years ...
Select Academic Articles (6)
Jill McCorkel, Brittnie Aiello
Jill McCorkel, Sarah Becker
Jill McCorkel, Jason Rodriquez