Educational Background & Specialties
- Ph.D: Sociology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 2009.
- J.D.: Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C, 1997.
- B.A. High Honors: Sociology, University California, Berkeley, California, 1994.
- Law and Society
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- International Criminal Law
- Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
- Factorial Survey Methods for Empirical Analysis
- Soc 1101 - Law, Crime, & Punishment In An Era of Mass Incarceration
- Soc 1905 - Crime, Law, & Deviance
- Soc 3102 - Introduction to Crim Behavior & Social Control
- Soc 3201 - Criminal Behavior & Social Control
- Soc 4101 - Sociology of Law
- Soc 4101W - Sociology of Law
- Soc 4101/4101H - Sociology of Law
- Soc 8190 - Topics in LCD: Gender, Mass Violence, and Crime in International Law
Research & Professional Activities
- Prof. Ferrales’ scholarship lies at the intersection of gender, crime and law. Her current research examines in three distinct case studies the legal treatment of gender-based violence in both domestic and international contexts including: a factorial survey quantitative analysis of the sentencing decisions of Iraqi judges; an examination of prosecutorial decision-making in a domestic violence unit of a state district attorney’s office; and studying rape victimization survey data and field interviews collected in the Darfur region of Sudan
- "Judging Torture in Iraq," with John Hagan and Guillermina Jasso. 2015. Pp. 64-95 in Iraq and the Crimes of Aggressive War: The Legal Cynicism of Criminal Militarism. Edited by John Hagan, Joshua Kaiser, and Anna Hanson. UK: Cambridge University Press.
- "Gender Violence in Warfare," with Suzy Maves McElrath. 2014 online. The Oxford Handbook on Gender, Sex, and Crime. Edited by Bill McCarthy and Rosemary Gartner. UK: Oxford University Press.
- "Collaboration and Resistance in the Punishment of Torture in Iraq: A Judicial Sentencing Experiment," with John Hagan and Guillermina Jasso. 2012. Wisconsin International Law Journal 28(1):1-33.
- "How Law Rules: Torture, Terror, and the Normative Judgments of Iraqi Judges," with John Hagan and Guillermina Jasso. 2008. Law and Society Review 42(3):605-643.
- "Swaying the Hand of Justice: The Internal and External Dynamics of Regime Change at the International Criminal Courts of the Former Yugoslavia," with John Hagan and Ron Levi. 2006. Law & Social Inquiry 31(3):585-616.
- Law & Society Association, Best Article Award, 2008