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Janet Davidson, PhD Named 2015 Harris Manchester Scholar at Chaminade University


Janet Davidson, PhD
Criminology and Criminal Justice Program

Janet Davidson, PhD has been selected by Chaminade University as its Harris Manchester Scholar for 2015.  She will represent Chaminade from June 28 to July 5 at the Summer Research Institute held by Harris Manchester College (HMC) at Oxford. The award, sponsored by John Henry Felix and Dr. Lawrence K.W. Tseu, promotes scholarship and provides for all accommodation costs.  In addition, Davidson will receive upon completion a Certificate of Visiting Fellowship from Harris Manchester College as well full access to the library materials of Oxford including online materials.  Her research agenda will be to perform a comparative analysis of the real and fictionalized roles of female law enforcers in the American versus English system of criminal justice and media.

“Dr. Davidson’s work with the community in the area of social justice and gender equity continues to have an impact on our criminal justice system and the social issues involved,” said Chaminade provost, Helen Whippy, PhD.”Her appetite for analysis and scholarship, driven by her sense of justice, has propelled her to a position of respect in her field and promotes well the discussion of social justice issues, which is of great importance to our core values as a Marianist university.”

Former recipients have included Chaminade faculty members, Caryn Callahan, PhD; Lilia Castle, PhD; David Coleman, PhD; Edna Magpantay-Monroe, EdD; Bryan Mann, PhD; Allison Francis Paynter, PhD; Regina Pfeiffer, PhD; Pete Steiger, PhD; Wayne Tanna, JD; and Chitta Unni, PhD.

Associate professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Dr. Davidson earned her PhD in Sociology with a specific focus on crime, law and deviance from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Her research interests include recidivism, community and institutional corrections, risk and need assessment instruments, and gender and crime. Her work has appeared in Feminist Criminology, Critical Criminology and Federal Probation. She is the author of a book titled Female Offenders and Risk Assessment: Hidden in Plain Sight and co-author of a forthcoming book on female offenders, victims, and workers in the criminal justice system. She has been active in applied research on Hawaii’s correctional system for the past fifteen years, including work with the Department of Public Safety, Hawaii Paroling Authority, Hawaii State Judiciary (Adult Probation), and Girls Court Hawaii. She has been at Chaminade University full time since the 2005 academic year. Prior to Chaminade, she worked at the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General as a Research Analyst.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816.  For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711. ###

HONOLULU—March 11, 2015
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1 Comment

  1. Jerry Davidson

    Nice to see you smiling face

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