Welcome! My name is Rebecca Stone. I am an Assistant Professor in the Sociology department at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.
My primary research agenda is situated around the overlap between criminal justice and public health, with a specific focus on gender, race, and class inequalities. I address key concerns for criminologists and public health scholars by exploring the ways in which mental health, substance use, and other health issues shape women’s criminal careers. In particular, I am interested in women’s desistance from criminal offending and substance use, particularly as a process of internal transformation or identity change.
My interests also include laws and public policies concerning women, motherhood and reproductive rights. I am especially interested in sexual and reproductive health in the U.S.A. and elsewhere, the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs during pregnancy, child abuse and neglect, and mothering while under criminal justice supervision.
I have experience working with criminal justice agencies in research collaborations and training and technical assistance capacities. Through these collaborations, I have worked on data analysis, outcome evaluations, crime mapping, and community engagement efforts.