Political Science and Criminal Justice

Gwen Ricordeau, Ph.D.

Gwen has been an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice since fall 2017. She is a native of France where she earned her Ph.D. in Social Sciences from Université Paris-IV Sorbonne. Her research interests include: (1) relatives of prisoners, (2) gender identities and sexuality in prison, and (3) representations (especially in movies and museums) of the penal system. She previously taught in higher education for more than a decade in France and also in the Philippines where she conducted research on intermarriages, marriage migrations, and gender and race stereotypes. As a feminist and a penal abolitionist, Gwen tries to make her teaching and research resonate with her activism and personal experience as a relative of prisoners.