Emma Hughes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor / Corrections option Coordinator

Office: Science II, Area C, Room 139
Phone: (559) 278-2370
emhughes@csufresno.edu

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Emma Hughes is an Associate Professor in the Criminology Department at California State University, Fresno. She joined the Department in 2007. Dr. Hughes earned her Ph.D. in Criminology from Birmingham City University in the UK, where she also taught for five years before moving to Fresno. Dr. Hughes earned her M.Phil. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. She has an M.A. in History from Columbia University and earned her B.A. in English from Stanford University. Dr. Hughes is the coordinator for the Corrections option within the Criminology major and she regularly teaches the community-based and institutional corrections courses as well as courses in the graduate program. She is the director of the undergraduate Criminology Honors Program. Her research interests focus on jails and prisons, with a particular emphasis on rehabilitation programs. She is the author of the book Education in Prison: Studying through Distance Learning, published by Ashgate in 2012. She contributed a chapter on prison education to the book How Offenders Transform Their Lives (eds: Veysey, Christian & Martinez, 2009, Willan Publishing) and she has also contributed chapters to edited volumes on prison education. Dr. Hughes serves as an advisor to the Fresno County Local Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for whom she conducts research on the dynamics of the jail population. Whilst living in the UK Dr. Hughes conducted research for British charities involved in educational and arts provision in prisons. She regularly presents papers at conferences such as the American Society of Criminology’s annual meeting. She is currently undertaking research on the role and experiences of community volunteers who provide programming in prisons and jails.

Courses Taught

  • Crim 100: Criminology
  • Crim 120: Juvenile Delinquency
  • Crim 133: Institutional Corrections
  • Crim 135: Community-Based Corrections
  • Crim 160H: Honors Seminar in Criminology
  • Crim 174: Ethnic and Gender Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Crim 181: Internship in Corrections
  • Crim 201: Advanced Criminological Theory
  • Crim 270T: Problems in Criminology (Rehabilitation in Corrections; Prison; Distance and Offender Transformation)


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