Emily Lenning

Professor of Criminal Justice

Phone: 910-672-2274 

Email: elenning@uncfsu.edu 

Room: LTB 321J 



PhD, Western Michigan University
M.A., Western Michigan University
B.A., Western Michigan University

Courses Taught

CRJC 200 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJC 220 Introduction to Corrections
CRJC 302 Prisons & Society
CRJC 304 Criminological Theory
CRJC 313 Victimology
CRJC 335 Media & Crime
CRJC 340 White Collar Crime
CRJC 370 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
CRJC 380 Sex, Sexuality & the Law
CRJC 450 Seminar in Criminal Justice
CRJC 600 Corporate and Government Crime
CRJC 630 Communities, Justice & Social Change
CRJC 660 Current Issues in Victimology
CRJC 670 Special Topics in Criminal Justice

Research Interests

The use of the criminal legal system as a mechanism for regulating and punishing sexuality and gender non-conformity
The LGBTQ experience in the criminal legal system (as offenders, victims, and practitioners)
State violence against women in the United States and abroad
Innovations in teaching and learning
Inclusivity and diversity in higher education

Recent Publications

Buist, C., Lenning, E. & Ball, M. 2018. Queer Criminology. In Dekeseredy, W. & Dragiewicz, M. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology, 2nd Edition. New York: Routledge.

Lenning, E. 2017. Unapologetically Queer in Unapologetically Black spaces: Creating an inclusive HBCU campus. Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, 39: 283-293.

Buist, C. & Lenning, E. 2016. Gender Issues in Corrections. In Walsh, J. & Hilinski-Rosick, C. (eds.) Issues in Corrections: Research, Policy and Future Prospects. Rowan & Littlefield.

Buist, C. & Lenning, E. 2015. Queer Criminology. New York: Routledge.

Brightman, S., Lenning, E. & McElrath, K. 2015. State-directed Sterilizations in North Carolina: Victim-Centeredness and Reparations. British Journal of Criminology, 55, (3): 474-493.

Recent Presentations

Critical Intersections on Crime & Social Justice, Old Dominion University, "Social Justice and Criminology in the Current Moment" (April 2017)

American Society of Criminology: New Orleans, LA, "Queer Criminology," Panel: Queer Criminology: International Reflections on the Field and its Futures, Co-presenter: Carrie Buist (November 2016)

Lilly Conference: Asheville, NC, "Infusing UDL Across Campus: Lessons from Bronco STAR at Fayetteville State University," Co-presenters: Sara Brightman & Tanya Hudson (August 2016)

Impact UDL: Edmonton, Alberta, "Infusing UDL Across Campus: Lessons from Bronco STAR at Fayetteville State University" (January 2016)

American Society of Criminology: Washington D.C., "The World is Your Classroom: Practical and Pedagogical Tips for Study Abroad," Co-presenter: Sara Brightman (November 2015)


American Society of Criminology
Division on Women & Crime, American Society of Criminology
Division on Critical Criminology & Social Justice, American Society of Criminology

Honors, Awards, and Grants

UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching (2017)

Book Award (for Queer Criminology), Division on Critical Criminology and Social Justice, American Society of Criminology (2016)

Outstanding Contribution and Commitment to the Advancement of Research and Sponsored Programs and Excellence in Collaborative Partnership, Fayetteville State University (2015)

Advisor of the Year, Fayetteville State University (2015)

40 Under 40, Think Smart Outreach Center (2015)


Dr. Lenning is the co-founder of FSU's Safezone Office, making FSU the 3rd HBCU in the country to open a center or office dedicated to serving LGBTQ students. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Fayetteville PRIDE.