Alumni and Board of Fellows News, Winter 2016

Alumni and Board of Fellows News, Winter 2016

Thanks to Charles “Chuck” Glazerman ’64, four senior criminal justice majors are now members of ASIS International, the leading organization for security professionals. Samantha Thornton ’16, Nicholas Castro ’16, Stuart Thompson ’16, and Jeff Blaschke ’16 were awarded the memberships in memory of Fran Brennan ’64, who was an accomplished security educator, president of a Boston security firm, and member of the NU Board of Fellows. Chuck has spoken on campus about the corporate security field, and joined with Pat Keefe ’71 in sponsoring the memberships.

The CoLA Board of Fellows were on campus September 30 to October 3 for meetings, a reading discussion with freshmen about the book and film Unbroken, and the annual BOF Outstanding Service Medallion dinner. At the October 1 meeting, outgoing Chairman of the CoLA Visiting Committee to the Board of Fellows, Jon Allen ’94, passed the gavel to incoming Chairman Chuck Nettleship ’85, M’03. Meeting topics included upcoming student trips to Washington, D.C., during spring break (Criminal Justice Student Association and Political Science Public Policy class), the mentoring program, CSI Symposium (April 19-20, 2016), CoLA endowment program, Peace and War Center update, and a discussion with students about their experiences at Norwich.

Elizabeth Gurian, assistant professor of criminal justice and winner of the 2015 Board of Fellows prize, gave a speech at the October 1 Medallion dinner on the topic of her research, “Female Homicide Offenders: An Exploration of Personal Narratives.” Here are highlights:

As a point of reference, my research database includes serial killers from all over the world, dating from 1900 to present day, and includes variables such as victim selection, timeframe, mobility, method, conviction and sentence….One of the key findings from my research reveals, even at the level of being convicted for committing serial murder, women remain less likely to be sentenced to death than men.

The new phase of my research, and the one for which I received this Board of Fellows Prize, is to conduct research with incarcerated homicide offenders. So, in addition to serial murderers, I also have a comparison group of single-incident homicide offenders (women and partnered offenders who killed only one victim)…My research re-examines homicide offending by focusing on issues under-explored by other researchers including: offenders’ personal narratives; risk of offending; motive and culpability; experiences in prison; and, perceptions of homicide offenders by the media and criminal justice system.

My new approach is to now include a telephone and survey option with a request for in-person follow-up…My research draws attention to a group of offenders typically overlooked in the research literature. Multiple dimensions of law, psychology, and sociology (which are all incorporated within the field of criminology) come into play when murder is committed. This unique study compares partnered and solo homicide offenders who murdered in single-incident or serial acts and offers an original contribution to the literature and debate on homicide offending and violent offenders. Specifically, my research findings will advance the awareness and consideration of the academic field and inform criminal justice interventions and policies with respect to violent offenders.
In conclusion, I’d like to thank the generous support of the Board of Fellows and Dr. Lea Williams and the faculty development committee for honoring me with this prize. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Director Stan Shernock and the School of Justice Studies & Sociology, and Dr. Guiyou Huang for their continued support of my research. Lastly, I’d like to thank Dean Andrea Talentino and Dr. David Westerman for funding my undergraduate research assistant and for their support of my research.

Photo: Amy Woodbury Tease congratulates Elizabeth Gurian