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Connie Hassett-Walker

  • Assistant Professor


Connie Hassett-Walker completed her doctorate in criminal justice at Rutgers University in 2007. She also holds a Master's of Public Administration (concentration: public policy) from the Wagner Graduate School at New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in French from Rutgers University.

Research Interests and Expertise

I have an enduring interest in issues connected to race, class, crime and justice, and this is reflected in both my research and teaching. In 2012 I received a R15 AREA grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine racial, ethnic and gender disparities in substance use trajectories based on justice-system involvement (arrest, conviction) in early adulthood. Related courses taught in the past include Diversity in Criminal Justice at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. I enjoy mentoring students in research projects of personal interest to them, which often culminates in either a conference presentation or publication for the student investigator. Courses I enjoy teaching include Research Methods and Senior Seminar, in which I can expose students to the joys of both quantitative and qualitative methods, and data analysis.


Hassett-Walker, C & Shadden, M. (2020) Life course transitions in smoking behavior subsequent to arrest: Race, ethnicity and gender differences among a U.S. sample. Tobacco Use Insights, 13, 1-12.

Hassett-Walker, C. (2019). “What if my parents get deported?” Hispanic youths’ feelings about the Trump Presidency. Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 17(3), 254-268.

Hassett-Walker, C. (2018). Guns on the Internet: Online Gun Communities, First Amendment Protections, and the Search for Common Ground on Gun Control. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Hassett-Walker, C., Walsemann, K., Bell, B., Fisk, C., Zhou, W. & Shadden, M. (2017). How does early adulthood arrest alter substance use behavior? Are there differential effects by race/ethnicity and gender? Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, 3(2), 196-220.

Kelly, E. & Hassett-Walker, C. (2016). The training of emergency service personnel regarding citizens with hidden disabilities. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 17(6), 543-554.

Hassett-Walker, C., Lateano, T & Di Benedetto, M. (2014). Do female sex offenders receive preferential treatment in criminal charging and sentencing? Justice System Journal, 35(1), 62-86.

Hassett-Walker, C. (2012). Race, social class, communication, and accusations: The Duke University lacrosse team party. Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 10(4), 267–294.

Hassett-Walker, C. (2010). Delinquency and the Black middle class: An exploratory study. Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 8(4), 266–289.

Hassett-Walker, C. (2009). Black Middle Class Delinquents. El Paso, TX: LFB Scholarly Publishing. Boyle, D. J., & Hassett-Walker, C. (2008). Individual-level and socio-structural characteristics of violence: An emergency department study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23(8), 11–1026.

Boyle, D. J., & Hassett-Walker, C. (2008). Reducing overt and relational aggression among young children: The results from a 2-year outcome evaluation. Journal of School Violence, 7(1), 27–42.

Boyle, D. J., O’Leary, K. D., Rosenbaum, A., & Hassett-Walker, C. (2008). Differentiating between generally and partner-only violent subgroups: Lifetime antisocial behavior, family of origin violence, and impulsivity. Journal of Family Violence, 23(1), 47–55.

Hassett-Walker, C., & Boyle, D. J. (2007). Conducting criminological research in a hospital: The results of two exploratory studies and implications for prevention. Justice Research and Policy, 9(1), 75–94.

Hassett-Walker, C. (2002). Juvenile Conference Committees: Issues in assessing a diversionary court program. Journal of Criminal Justice, 30(2), 107–119.

Before coming to Norwich University in July 2020, Dr. Hassett-Walker taught at Kean University in New Jersey and worked as a research associate at the Violence Institute of New Jersey.

Her work has been published in a variety of scholarly journals including the Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. She has also written for the scholarly magazine The Conversation and for The Washington Post. Dr. Hassett-Walker authored two books, most recently Guns on the Internet: Online Gun Communities, First Amendment Protections, and the Search for Common Ground on Gun Control (2018, Routledge/Taylor & Francis).

In 2021 and 2022, Hassett-Walker received Vermont Biomedical Research Network research grants. In 2021, she received at $25,000 Pilot Award for her project, “Impact of Criminal Conviction and Incarceration on Long-Term Health & Substance Use.” In 2022, she received a $71,140 Project Award for her project “What is the Impact of COVID-19 on Substance Abusers’ Recovery?”