Christine Scott-Hayward

  • Director, School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management
  • Professor of Law, Criminology, and Criminal Justice


Ph.D.  – New York University (Law and Society)
M.A. – The University of Chicago (Social Sciences)
B.C.L. (International) – University College Dublin (Law)

Dr. Scott-Hayward's main areas of specialization are courts, corrections, and criminal procedure. Informed by her interdisciplinary law and society background, her research emphasizes the practical implications of criminal laws and policies. Dr. Scott-Hayward utilizes primarily qualitative research methods and her current research is on bail and sentencing. She is the author or co-author of numerous articles published in both law reviews and social science journals and the book: Punishing Poverty: How Bail and Pretrial Detention Fuel Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System (University of California Press, 2019).

  • Bail and Pretrial Decision-Making 
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Law and Society
  • Parole and Post-Prison Supervision
  • Sentencing Law & Policy