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Dr. Melissa Barlow


Phone: (910) 672-1972
Office:  Lauretta Taylor Building, Room 316

Educational Background

Ph.D., Criminology
Florida State University

Areas of Expertise

  • History and political economy of crime control policy
  • Race, class and criminal justice
  • Crime and justice in the news media
  • Criminological theory

Teaching Areas

  • History of Crime Control Policy
  • Criminological Theory
  • Prisons and Society
  • Communities, Justice and Social Change



Melissa Hickman Barlow is a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University, where she has taught since 2003.  Prior to joining the faculty at Fayetteville State University, she taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and at South Carolina State University. 

Dr. Barlow is coauthor of Police in a Multicultural Society: An American Story (Waveland, 2000) and has published articles on the history and political economy of crime control policy, crime and justice in the news media, and race and class issues in criminal justice. 

Dr. Barlow's interests are focused on the race and class politics of criminal justice policy and grassroots efforts in pursuit of sustainable justice.  She served as President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences from February 2011 through March 2012.

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