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Dr. Dawn Beichner

Professor
Criminal Justice Sciences
Office
Schroeder Hall - SCH 439
Office Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00am - 12:00pm; 2:00 - 2:30pm
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Biography

Dawn Beichner is professor in the Criminal Justice Sciences Department and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Her research interests include victimology, incarcerated women, prisoner reentry, and restorative justice. Dr. Beichner is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Society of Victimology (WSV) and serves as a liaison to the United Nations. She is also a research consultant for the YWCA Labyrinth Outreach Services to Women, a nonprofit organization which provides reintegration services to women returning home from prison and jail. Dr. Beichner is a course director for a WSV-sponsored post-graduate course on "Victimology, Victim Assistance, and Criminal Justice" that is held at the Inter University Centre of Dubrovnik, Croatia and teaches a "Gender and Offending" course at Fachhochschule Kiel in Kiel, Germany. At ISU, in addition to hosting an annual study abroad connected to the Dubrovnik, Croatia course (CJS 306.99 International Experiences in Justice), she teaches Women & Criminal Justice, Individuals, Society & Criminal Justice, World Criminal Justice Systems, and the graduate seminar, International Justice, Human Rights, and Conflict Resolution.

Current Courses

499.001Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

400.002Independent Study

369.001World Criminal Justice Systems

306.001Experiences In International Justice

306.098Experiences In International Justice

306.099Experiences In International Justice

499.001Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

369.001World Criminal Justice Systems

Teaching Interests & Areas

Gender and crime, victimology, international justice, global social problems.

Research Interests & Areas

The effects of incarceration on the family, victimization, gender and justice.

Ph D Criminal Justice Sciences

University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE

MA Criminology

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA

BA Criminology

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA

CoraMae Richey Mann Inconvenient Woman of the Year Award

American Society of Criminology, Division on Women and Crime
2019

Impact Award

Illinois State University
2017

Internationalization Award

Office of International Studies and Programs, Illinois State University
2017

Women of Distinction

YWCA McLean County
2017

Outstanding Teaching Award

College of Applied Science and Technology
2015

Faculty Travel Award

Office of International Studies and Programs
2013

Professional Development Travel Award

College of Applied Science and Technology
2010

Civic Engagement Project of Excellence Award

Illinois State University
2006

Book, Chapter

Beichner, D. (2021). Campus sexual assault in the USA: A call for a restorative, survivor-centered, intersectional approach. In E. Mikulec & Beichner, D. (Eds.), Distraction: Girls, School, and Sexuality. (pp. 165-190). New York, NY: DIO Press.
Beichner, D., Craig, M.O. & Bell, C. (2021). Racialized mass incarceration in the U.S.A. as a form of macro victimization. In Varona, G. (Ed.) Macrovictimización, abuso de poder y victimología: Impactos intergeneracionales (pp. 327-363). Cizur Mayor, Spain: Aranzadi.
Cannon, K., Dirks-Linhorst, P., Cobb, P., Maatia, Florence, Beichner, D. & Ogle, R. (2013). LGBT issues and criminal justice education. In Dana Peterson and Vanessa Panfil (Eds), Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime, and Justice. Pp. 261-282. Springer: New York.
Beichner, D. & Hagemann, O. (2016). Incarcerated Women - Their Situation, Their Needs, and Measures for Sustainable Reintegration. In Kury, Redo, and Shea’s (Eds.), Women and Children as Victims and Offenders: Background-Prevention-Reintegration: Suggestions for Succeeding Generations.
New York, NY: Springer. Pp. 85-116.
Hagemann, O. & Beichner, D. (2018). Restorative justice als philosophie in frauenhäusern (Restorative justice as a philosophy in women’s shelters). In Gaby Lenz & Anne Weiss’s (Eds.),
Professionalitat in der frauenhasarbeit. Aktuelle entwicklungen und diskurse. Heildelburg, Germany: Springer. Pp. 157-185.

Book, Edited

Mikulec, E. & Beichner, D. (Eds.). (2021). Distraction: Girls, School, and Sexuality. New York, NY: DIO Press.

Journal Article

Beichner, D. & Hagemann, O. (2022). A global view of women, prison, and aftercare: A call for reform. Violence Against Women, 28(8), 1788 – 1808.
Beichner, D. & Hagemann, O. (2022). Frauengefängnisse abschaffen: Aktuelle international Gesichtspunkte (Abolishing Women’s Prisons: International Perspectives). Forum Strafvollzug:
Zeitschrift für Strafvollzug und Straffälligenhilfe, 22(1), 42-49.
Beichner, D., Barberet, R. & Ranjan, S. (2022). Special Issue. Prioritizing the elimination of violence against women worldwide: Lessons from the 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Guest editors’ introduction. Violence Against Women, 28(8), 1728 – 1735.
Ranjan, S., Barberet, R., Beichner, D. & Arnull, E. (2020). Special Issue. The Social Protection of Women and Girls: Links to Crime and Justice at CSW63. Guest Editors' Introduction. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 9(1): 1-6.

Beichner, D., Ogle, R., Garner, A. & Anderson, D. (2017). A legal and policy argument for bail denial and preventative treatment for batterers. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 28(4), 311-326.

Presentations

Beichner, D., Rabe-Hemp, C. & Kim, M. (2022). “U.S. Women in Justice Professions: A Half a Century After Title VII.” Parallel event presented in conjunction with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, March 2022. Virtual format.
Beichner, D., Zinsstag, E., Fonseca Rosenblatt, F., Wemmers, J., Manikis, M. & Van Camp, T. (2022). “Innovative Responses to Gendered Violence.” World Society of Victimology Symposium, June 2022, San Sebastian, Spain.
Beichner, D. & Hagemann, O. (2021). “A Global View of Women, Prison, and Aftercare: Promising Practices.” Parallel event presented in conjunction with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, March 2021. Virtual format.
Maedzenge, P. & Beichner, D. (2021). “Parenting Experiences of Women in Prison.” Presented at the American Society of Criminology Meetings, November 2022, in Chicago, Illinois.
Powers, N. & Beichner, D. (2022). “Providing and Coordinating Sexual Assault Services in the Pandemic” Presented at the American Society of Criminology Meetings, November 2022, in Chicago, Illinois.
Bridging Research to Policy: The Role of NGO Activism in the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. British Society of Criminology. (2019)
Division on Women & Crime Policy: Women's Reentry to the Community. American Society of Criminology. (2019)
Prison Theatre as a Pathway to Healing. European Society of Criminology. (2019)
Beichner, Dawn. “A Call to Action: Policy and Practice Recommendations for Incarcerated and Returning
Women.” Parallel event presented in conjunction with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, March 2019. UN Headquarters, New York City, New York.
Victim Blaming and Denial: Sexual Assault on University Campuses in the USA. 1st US International Post Graduate Course on Victimology, Victim Assistance, and Criminal Justice. World Society of Victimology. (2018)