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Dr. Johnna Christian

Associate Professor


Ph.D. (2004) University at Albany

Dr. Johnna Christian

Dr. Christian received her Ph.D. from the University at Albany School of Criminal Justice in 2004. Her work examines incarceration’s impact on families and neighbourhoods, emphasizing the gendered aspects of family members’ connections to prisoners, as well as the disparate impact on racial and ethnic minority groups. She has conducted research about family visiting at prisons and the social and economic implications of maintaining ties to prisoners. Recent work focuses on the role of informal social support in the re-entry process, including a study of a family based prisoner re-entry intervention for young people, as well as a mentoring program for formerly incarcerated women. She is a member of the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network (RDCJN), now based at Rutgers University-Newark.


Key Publications

Panuccio, L. and Christian, J. Forthcoming. Work, Family, and Masculine Identity: An Intersectional Approach to Understanding Young, Black Men’s Experiences of Reentry Race and Justice.

Christian, J., Martinez, D.J. & Martinez, D. (2015). Beyond the Shadows of the Prison: Agency and Resilience among Prisoners’ Family Members. Pp. 59-83 in Groves Monograph on Marriage and Family. J. Arditti and T. LeRoux, editors.

Panuccio, E.A., Christian, J., Martinez, D.J. and Sullivan, M.L. (2012). Social Support, Motivation, and the Process of Juvenile Reentry: an Exploratory Analysis of Desistance. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 51: 135-160.

Christian, J. & Kennedy, L.W. (2011). Secondary Narratives in the Aftermath of Crime: Family Members’ Relationships with Prisoners. Punishment and Society, 13(4): 379-402.

Christian, J. (2005). Riding the Bus: Barriers to Prison Visitation and Family Management Strategies. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. 21(1): 31-48.