About the Author
Carolyn Petrosino is Professor of Criminal Justice in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University and was the founding chair of the Criminal Justice Department. She was appointed to the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Advisory Council during the 1990s. In addition, she was invited to Capitol Hill in 2002 to participate in a Congressional Briefing on the state of hate crime research and public policy in the United States. She is a recipient of the 2003 Pro Humanitate Award from the Child Welfare Policy Center of the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare. She recently coauthored a book, American Corrections, which is now in its second edition. Her primary research focus is on hate crimes. She has published several articles and book chapters on hate crimes on topics such as the history of hate crime in America, affiliation dynamics and recruitment practices of hate groups, and the nature and scope of anti-Black hate crimes. Her next project focuses on communities, collective efficacy, and community response to hate crimes.