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Jennifer Balboni Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice and Sociology

Jennifer Balboni

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Ph.D., Law Policy and Society, Northeastern University, 2006
M.S., Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 1998
B.A., Criminal Justice, Westfield State University, 1992 

Dr. Balboni is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. She completed her Ph.D. in Law, Policy and Society at Northeastern University, with a focus on criminal justice and restorative justice. She also has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, also from Northeastern University, where she graduated with distinction. Her original dissertation research looked at the meaning of litigation against the Catholic Church for clergy sexual abuse survivors through an ethnographic lens. Her book, Clergy Sexual Abuse Litigation: Survivors Seeking Justice was published in 2011 through Lynne Rienner Publishing.  

Dr. Balboni has also been published in the Boston Globe, the American Behavioral Scientist, Contemporary Justice Review, The Criminologist, Albany Law Review, and Justice Research and Policy, as well as has numerous book chapters on a variety of topics, including:  juvenile justice, restorative justice, teaching through HBO’s The Wire, the war on drugs, police/community relations, and “smart on crime” criminal justice policies.  

From 1997 through 2002, she worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Criminal Justice Policy and Research, Northeastern University, notably working on projects involving juvenile justice and hate crimes, with published work well cited in both academic and policy arenas. She co-authored a report on “Improving the Quality and Accuracy of Bias Crime Reporting Nationally” which was released by President Clinton in the White House in 2000.  

Dr. Balboni was recently named Regional Fellow for the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (2019) for her contributions to the justice field. 

Additionally, before attending graduate school, she worked in direct services with delinquent and abused & neglected youth for several years, in both residential and outreach settings. In the past, she has taught justice courses at the School of Professional and Continuing Studies and the College of Criminal Justice, both at Northeastern University.