The Division on Queer Criminology is an official division of the American Society of Criminology.
The goals of the Division are:
- To encourage study in and the development of Queer Criminology,
- To connect faculty and student researchers studying Queer Criminology to enhance and improve research,
- To connect researchers with policymakers in order to make meaningful change for LGBTQIA communities,
- To share promising teaching strategies to better inform students on issues relevant to LGBTQIA populations.
In November 2019, a group of scholars met to discuss creation of a Division on Queer Criminology. This meeting took place during the annual ASC meeting in San Francisco, California. That year’s program featured a large number of papers and panels focused on Queer Criminology, and the need for a Division seemed clear.
In March 2019, enough signatures were obtained from ASC members to request a formal action by the Executive Board to create a Division on Queer Criminology.
While awaiting approval, committees were created to organize and manage the creation of the DQC constitution & bylaws, manage social media, organize networking events, mentor students, and prepare for the annual meetings.
We were officially approved on November 20th, 2020 by the ASC.
A leadership committee has also been created to oversee the activities of the DQC. The members are:
- Angela Dwyer, Co-Chair
- Meredith Worthen, Co-Chair
- Skyler Morgan
- Michele Stacey
- Chris Wakefield