Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Villanova University

Jill McCorkel is Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Villanova University. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Delaware. Professor McCorkel, a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has spent the last 25 years doing research inside men's and women's prisons across the United States (and, more recently, in Ireland and the United Kingdom). Dr. McCorkel's book, Breaking Women: Race, Gender, and the New Politics of Imprisonment (NYU Press, 2013), is the only ethnographic study of an American women's prison during the era of mass incarceration. In addition to her research, she teaches undergraduate courses in sociology at SCI-Phoenix, a maximum security prison for men in Pennsylvania. Dr. McCorkel serves on the advisory board of Villanova's undergraduate degree program at SCI Phoenix and the Taskforce for Women and Girls in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.


  • –present
    Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Villanova University


  • 1998 
    University of Delaware, PhD/Sociology


  • 2018
    "It Will Crush You Like a Bug": Maternal Incarceration, Secondary Prisonization, and Children's Visitation, Punishment & Society
  • 2018
    Prison Tourism in the Era of Mass Incarceration, Contexts
  • 2018
    Banking on Rehab: Private Prison Vendors and the Reconfiguration of Mass Incarceration, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society
  • 2017
    The Second Coming: Gender, Race, and Carceral Drug Treatment, Journal of Contemporary Drug Problems
  • 2013
    Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment, New York University Press