Freda Adler

Dr. Freda Adler is the author/co-author of 8 books and over 100 articles on deviance, social control, criminology, and crime prevention. In addition to her work in gender and cross-cultural inquiry, her research interests have ranged from the behavior and education of juries, to drug abuse and treatment strategies, and, most recently, to "maritime crime"—piracy, terrorism, and other crimes of the high seas.

Dr. Adler is best known for her pioneering research into female deviance. Her texts Sisters in Crime and The Criminology of Deviant Women are canonical works on the subject, and established the study of female deviant behavior as a serious field of criminological inquiry. In addition, Dr. Adler has herself been a pioneer among women criminologists. When awarded the American Society of Criminology’s Herbert Block Award for service in 1973, she became the first female criminologist to receive formal recognition from that institution. In 1994-95, she continued to serve the ASC as one of its first female Presidents.

Dr. Adler’s talk to the Bloomington campus, "Challenge for the Third Millennium: Globalized Crime," will draw from a lifetime of international research and activity. She has authored dozens of articles on comparative and cross-cultural inquiry, and three books, including Nations Not Obsessed with Crime and Outlaws of the Ocean. She has served as an advisor to governments in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the South Pacific, and has acted in a number of advisory roles for the United States. Her contributions have been recognized by honors from the governments of Guam, the Philippines, and China, and she is the recipient of the prestigious Beccaria Medal in Gold from the Deutsche Kriminologische Gesellschaft.

For her pioneering work in gender and comparative studies, the Graduate Student Association of the Department of Criminal Justice is extremely proud to be able host Dr. Freda Adler as its Distinguished Scholar of Crime, Law, and Justice for 1999. Her talk will be held on Monday, April 12, at 5:00 p.m. in the Moot Court Room of the School of Law, and is open to the campus and community. There will be a question and answer period followed by time to meet and talk with Dr. Adler more informally. All who attend are encouraged to ask Dr. Adler questions not only about the subject of her talk, but about the breadth of her research interests and her experiences as a pioneer in criminology.


Freda Adler

Dr. Freda Adler