Richelle Swan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology
CSU, San Marcos, San Marcos, California, USA
Telephone: (760) 750-4633
E-Mail: rswan@csusm.edu

I joined the faculty of the Sociology Department as an Assistant Professor in August of 2003. Prior to this appointment, I taught in the department as a lecturer for two years while completing my Ph.D. in Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine.  Most of the classes I teach are directly related to my interdisciplinary background and include courses such as: Introduction to Justice Studies, Sociology of Deviance, Feminism & Justice, Sociology of Law, Morality & Law, and Comparative Analysis of Justice Systems. My current research interests are in the areas of justice-related social movements, sociolegal responses to transnational crimes against women, welfare fraud diversion, and various topics related to critical criminology and justice studies.

Some of my recent work includes the following:

Swan, Richelle S., Linda Shaw, Sharon Cullity, Joni Halpern, Juliana Humphreys, Wendy Limbert & Mary Roche. (2008 forthcoming). “Unsilencing the Casualties of Welfare Reform: Women and Welfare Fraud.” Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.

Clark-Ibáñez, Marisol & Richelle S. Swan. (2008 forthcoming) Spicing Up Sociology: The Use of Films in Sociology Courses.  Wadsworth/Thomson Press.

Swan, Richelle S. (2008) “Problem Solving Courts.” In Gregg Barak (Ed.) Battleground: Criminal Justice (2008). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Bates, Kristin A. & Richelle S. Swan (Eds.) Through the Eye of Katrina: Social Justice in the United States. (2007)  Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Swan, Richelle S. (2007). “Social Justice Movements: Education Forgotten, Lessons Ignored.”  Pp.77-90 in Kristin A. Bates & Richelle S. Swan (Eds.) Through the Eye of Katrina: Social Justice in America. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Swan, Richelle S. & Kristin A. Bates. (2007). “Introduction to Social Justice and Hurricane Katrina.” Pp 3-12 in Kristin A. Bates & Richelle S. Swan (Eds.) Through the Eye of Katrina: Social Justice in America. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Bates, Kristin A. & Richelle S. Swan (2007). “You CAN Get There, But the Road is Long and Hard: The Intersection of Social Justice and Social Disasters Post-Hurricane Katrina.” Pp. 397-403 in Kristin A. Bates & Richelle S. Swan (Eds.) Through the Eye of Katrina: Social Justice in America. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.