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    My thanks to Kathleen Daly, Nicole Hahn Rafter, and N. Craig Smith for their insightful comments on a draft of this paper. I was assisted in my revisions by the criticisms of three anonymous reviewers. All of the above are to be commended for their assistance, but none is responsible for the ideas and arguments contained herein.

  • Sally S. Simpson is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to her interest in issues of gender and crime, she is currently involved in studies of organizational change and its effects on the ethical dimensions of decision-making.


Feminist research has expanded beyond its origins in Women's Studies to influence the more traditionally bounded academic disciplines. Criminology has not been immune to these excursions. This paper presents an overview of feminist theory/methods and its applications within select areas of crime and justice studies. Points of intra-theoretical divergence as well as directions for future feminist contributions are noted.