Patricia Becker

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Patricia Becker, originally from the Philadelphia area, is focused on understanding the various dimensions of crime and victimization. Currently, Patricia is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware, expected to graduate in May 2020 with her Ph.D. in Criminology. She earned her M.A. (2017) in Criminology at the University of Delaware. Her research explores three areas: (i) the role—and importance—of families in the reentry process of justice-involved individuals, (ii) how parenting relates to recidivism and desistance, and (iii) how social and structural dynamics influence the relationship between family and crime. Drawing on these interests, her dissertation investigates how incarceration structures the relationships between fathers and their children, and in turn, how this relationship impacts the desistance process. Patricia’s dissertation examines life history narratives of men entrenched in the criminal justice system collected in the NIJ-funded Roads Diverge: Long-Term Patterns of Relapse, Recidivism and Desistance for a Re-Entry Cohort project. Instead of reinforcing the pathological question “what’s wrong with incarcerated fathers?”, her work will shed much needed light on the ways in which incarcerated fathers process and make meaning of parenting roles themselves. Patricia’s research has been presented to practitioners and academics at conferences such as the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Sociologists for Women in Society.

Fellowship , Awards, & Recognition

  • 2019-2020 University of Delaware Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2019 Frank Scarpitti Graduate Student Award
  • 2019 College of Arts & Sciences Competitive Grad Student Travel Grant
  • 2019 Julie Mapes Wilgen Award in Human Sexuality and Gender Studies
  • 2018-2019 Graduate Teaching Fellowship

Research & Teaching Interest

  • Criminological theory; Gender; Victimology; Reentry and Family; Research Methods; Criminal Justice Policy

Resume

Education

2020 (In Progress)

Ph.D., Criminology

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Dissertation: Fathering at the Brims of Society: An Examination of the Relationship between Fatherhood and the Desistance Process (proposal passed February 2019)

Dissertation Committee: Ronet Bachman (Chair), Susan L. Miller, Daniel O’Connell, Chongmin Na (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)

Comprehensive Exam Areas: Criminology and Gender (completed)

2017

M.A., Criminology

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

2015

B.A., Criminal Justice and Sociology, minor in Women's Studies

La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA

Teaching Experience

Spring 2019

Instructor

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Course: Social Problems
Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice

Fall 2018

Instructor

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Course: Introduction to Criminal Justice
Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice

Summer 2018

Instructor

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Course: Introduction to Criminal Justice
Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice

2017-2018

Teaching Assistant

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Course: Criminal Justice Policy (Online Course)
Course: Inside Out
Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice

2015-2016

Teaching Assistant

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Course: Criminal Justice Policy
Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice

Professional Service

2016 - Present

Hospitality Chair

Minority Mentor Lecture Series

2016 - 2018

President

Gender Workshop

2015 - 2018

Key Note Speaker Co-Chair

Graduate Student Conference

2015 - 2018

Jan Borrows Award Committee Chair
Graduate Policy Committee Representative

Graduate Student Council

Portfolio

Evaluation of Youth Rehabilitative Services’ PACT Inter-rater Reliability

Evaluation of Youth Rehabilitative Services’ PACT Inter-rater Reliability

Research
Are We Comparing Apples and Oranges?

Are We Comparing Apples and Oranges?

Research
Review

Review

Research
Final Narrative Report

Final Narrative Report

Research
Criminology: CRJU 110

Criminology: CRJU 110

Syllabus
Criminology: SOCI 209

Criminology: SOCI 209

Syllabus

Contact

215-805-6294

University of Delaware

Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
18 Amstel Avenue, Newark DE 19716, USA

beckerp@udel.edu

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