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Gender & Women's Studies

College of Arts & Sciences

Susan Dewey

Dr. Susan Dewey

Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies

Fueled by a synergistic vision of academic research as a catalyst for change, my research and teaching emphasize how socio-legal regimes intersect with individual lives. I have an established record of academic, professional, and collaborative leadership in gender policy initiatives at the community, state, federal, and international levels on the intersections between violence and the feminization of poverty in women’s criminal justice system involvement. Reaching beyond disciplinary confines, my work has shaped research paradigms, policy, and practice through six books, three co-edited volumes, three guest-edited journal special issues, 30 academic articles, 17 book chapters, and numerous technical reports for UN Women, the US Census Bureau, and the Wyoming Department of Corrections. My work has featured in national media outlets such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, PBS, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and The Nation. Since 2010 I have conducted research in Denver, Colorado with street-involved women and the social services and criminal justice professionals with whom they regularly interact; this work is the basis for my most recent book, co-authored with legal scholar Tonia St. Germain, Women of the Street: How the Criminal Justice-Social Services Alliance Fails Women in Prostitution (New York University Press, 2017).

As founder and co-coordinator of Wyoming Pathways from Prison (WPfP), I work closely with the Wyoming Department of Corrections to provide high quality courses to incarcerated women and men at no cost through the generous volunteer support of University of Wyoming faculty, staff, and students ( WPfP operates as a trans-disciplinary and trans-professional statewide collaborative united by a strong belief in the power of education to change lives, both within and outside prison walls, by creating opportunities for skill-building, personal growth, and self-reflection. Winner of the Correctional Education Association’s 2017 Austin MacCormick Award for best practices in correctional education that can be implemented nationwide, WPfP recently published “Telling My Story: Voices from the Wyoming Women’s Prison” (, a collection of incarcerated women’s writings co-edited by UW faculty, students, and staff who worked closely with women in prison to produce the work. WPfP’s research component is the subject of a book co-authored with UW colleagues and under contract with New York University Press, titled Outlaw Women: Gender, Rural Violence, and Poverty on the New American Frontier.

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