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Southern Oregon University


Department Chair

Associate Professor

     Office: Taylor 223
     Phone: (541) 552-8288



Indiana University of Pennsylvania: Doctor of Philosophy, Criminology (2008)
Dissertation: Gender And Justice: An Examination Of Policy And Practice Regarding Judicial Waiver. 
University of Colorado at Denver: Master of Criminal Justice, 2004
University of New Mexico: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 1998
Oxford University, England; Continuing Studies, 1997-1998



Joined the SOU Criminology Department in 2008
Prevention Specialist; 2006-2007
 Arin Intermediate Unit 28
Milieu Counselor; 2002- 2004
Alternative Homes for Youth- Emancipation Program
Milieu Counselor; 2000-2002
Jefferson Hills Residential Treatment Center
Mental Health Worker; August 1998-2000
Charter Behavioral Systems at Centennial Peaks, Division of Youth Corrections Amnesty Unit


Recent Teaching Areas:

Introduction to Criminology
Honors Introduction to Criminology
Theories of Criminal Behavior
Crime Control Theories and Policies
Juvenile Delinquency
Seminars: Crime and the Media and Environmental Crime


Recent Research Interests:

Delinquency prevention
Gender and Juvenile Justice


Recent Publications:


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

Burke, A. S. and Bush, M. (2012). Service learning and criminal justice: An exploratory study of student perspectives.  Educational Review. (forthcoming).
Burke, A. S. (2011). Under construction: Brain formation, culpability, and the criminal justice system. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, doi:10.1016/j.ijlp.2011.10.001.
Burke, A. S. (2011). Group work: How to use groups effectively.  Journal of Effective Teaching, 11(2) p.87-95.
Freiburger, T., & Burke, A. S. (2011). Status offenders in the juvenile court: The effects of gender, race, and ethnicity on the adjudication decision. Journal of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.  doi: 10.1177/1541204011399933
Burke, A. S. (2011).  Girls and the juvenile court: An historical examination of the treatment of girls. Criminal Law Bulletin, 47(1).
Freiburger, T. and Burke, A. S. (2010).  Adjudication decisions of Black, White, Hispanic, and Native American youth in juvenile court.  Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 8(4) p.231-247.


Burke, Alison S. (2009).  Gender and Justice: An Examination of Policy and Practice Regarding Judicial Waiver.  VDM Publishing.


Other Publications:

Burke, A. S. (2010).  Gendered juvenile justice.  Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Roger J.R. Levesque (Ed.) Springer Publishing Company. (Gally proofs approved November 23, 2010). 

Burke, A. S. (2010).  Review of Transforming environmentalism: Warren County, PCBs, and the origins of environmental justice, by Eileen McGurty.  International Criminal Justice Review, 20; p.100-101.
Dodge, M., Harris, J. C., and Burke, A. (2009). Calling a strike a ball: Jury nullification and ‘three strikes’ cases. Reprinted: In G.L. Mays and P.R. Gregware (Eds.). Courts and Justice: A Reader (4th Ed.). Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland Press
Burke, A. S. (2007). Female juvenile delinquents. Encyclopedia of Race and Crime.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Burke, A. S. (2004). Review of juvenile justice: A guide to theory and practice, (5th Ed.), by S. M. Cox, J. J. Conrad, and J. M. Allen. Criminal Justice Review, 29(2) 406-407. 

Professional Organizations, Affiliations, and Activities:

American Society of Criminology
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
ACJS Juvenile Justice Section Chair
ACJS Junior Faculty Teaching Award Chair
Western and Pacific Association of Criminal Justice Educators