Barbara Owen, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Office Phone Email Office Hours (spring 15)
S2 151 559.278.5715  

Biographical Sketch

Barbara Owen is a nationally-known expert in the areas of girls, women and crime, women-centered policy and women’s prison culture.  A Professor Emeritus of Criminology at California State University, Fresno, she received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley in 1984.  A former research analyst with the federal Bureau of Prisons, Dr. Owen continues to conduct qualitative and policy research in women’s prisons. The author of 20 articles and chapters, and numerous technical reports, her books include In the Mix: Struggle and Survival in a Women’s Prison (SUNY Press, 1998). 

Along with Barbara Bloom and Stephanie Covington, she has co-authored a major report, Gender-Responsive Strategies: Research, Practice, and Guiding Principles for Women Offenders (2003).  More recent projects include an analysis of women’s recidivism, the development of the women offender strategic plan for the State of California, co-authoring the policy report “Unlocking America”, an NIJ-sponsored four-state study that investigated the context of sexual assault in women’s prisons and jails and ethnographic work for the US Census Bureau.  She is currently developing research and policy on women’s issues in an international and human rights context. Dr. Owen will be on leave Fall 2010, working with the Kingdom of Thailand of criminal justice policy issues and preparing an ethnographic study of women lifers.

Courses Taught

  • Crim 130: Corrections in America
  • Crim 170: Research Methods CJ
  • Crim 292: Readings in Criminology
  • Crim 200: Research Methods