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Rafter, Nicole Hahn (1939–)
Nicole Hahn Rafter, a professor of law, policy, and society at Northeastern University, is known most widely for her early work on the history of women's prisons. She has also written about gender roles in criminal justice, eugenics and criminality, the history of criminology, crime in the cinema, and criminal justice knowledge. Rafter did her undergraduate work at Oberlin College and at Swarthmore College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1962; a year later, she obtained a master's degree in teaching at Harvard University. In the mid-1970s, she enrolled in the School of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York, Albany, where, in 1978, she received her doctorate. Her dissertation on the defective delinquency movement in New York State (Rafter, 1978) marked her entry into two general areas of research—women's prisons and eugenics—that would dominate her professional research and public service contributions throughout her career. Rafter's research ...