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Monica Summers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office Phone Email
S2 139 559.278.2802

Biographical Sketch

Monica Summers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology at California State University, Fresno.  She earned her PhD in Criminology & Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University—Carbondale.  She also earned an M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri—St. Louis and dual B.A.’s in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies from the University of Illinois—Springfield.  Her interests primarily revolve around corrections, where her focus is on inmate experiences and community reentry.  Additional interests include gender, victimization, and violence.

Degrees Held:

Ph.D.  Criminology & Criminal Justice, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

M.A.  Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Missouri St. Louis

B.A.  Criminal Justice, University of Illinois Springfield


Research Interests:

  • Corrections
  • Inmate experiences
  • Barriers to reentry
  • Gender
  • Violence

Most Recent Publication:

“Opting out: The role of identity, capital, and agency in prison visitation. Justice Quarterly.

Courses Taught:

  • Crim 100- Criminology
  • Crim 174- Ethnic Gender CJ