College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Alison Cox

  • Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, Criminology

    Faculty - Assistant Professor of Criminology


    Alison Cox is an Assistant Professor of Criminology. She received her PhD in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University in 2019. Dr. Cox’s research program focuses on U.S. corrections and the impact of the carceral state. More specifically, her work is rooted in the experiences of prisoners’ families and barriers to visitation. She aims to conduct research that focuses on emotionality in the criminal justice system and how it affects the lives of everyone involved.

    Dr. Cox also holds an Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Women and Gender, which provides a feminist criminology perspective to her work. She is also trained as an Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program Instructor and has assisted in teaching a Restorative Justice course at Carson City Correctional Facility located in Michigan. She hopes to bring Inside-Out to UNI over the next few years.

    From 2007 to 2011, she worked professionally in the areas of domestic violence and abuse, as well as family law. Some of these positions included serving as an Administrative Assistant/Analyst to a non-profit counseling center and shelter and as a Legal Secretary for the Travis County District Attorney’s Family Justice Division. The professional experience gained in these positions remains a strong influence for why she conducts research that is participatory and community-based in nature.

    • BS in Criminal Justice (Texas State University at San Marcos, 2006)
    • MS in Criminal Justice (Michigan State University, 2013)
    • PhD in Criminal Justice (Michigan State University, 2019)
    Courses Taught
    • Research Methods in Sociology (SOC 2010)
    • Criminal Justice System (CRIM 2022)
    • Criminology (CRIM 2025)
    • Correctional Continuum (CRIM 3159)
    • Women, Crime, and Society (CRIM 4331/5331)


    Research Interests
    • Corrections: Prison Visitation, Prisoner Family Relationship, Reentry/Recidivism
    • Critical Criminology: Convict, Feminist, Rural, and Queer
    • Women's and Gender Studies
    Selected Publications

    Peer-Reviewed Articles

    • DeJong, Christina, Morgan, Skyler J., and Cox, Alison. (2020). “Male Rape in Context: Measures of Intolerance and Support for Male Rape Myths (MRMs).” Accepted to a forthcoming special issue of Criminal Justice Studies on November 12, 2019.

    Books and Book Chapters

    • Cox, Alison. A Convict Criminology Approach to Prisoners’ Families. In Convict Criminology for the Future (Ross, J. & F. Vianello, Eds.). Routledge. Forthcoming chapter submitted to the publisher on April 28, 2020.