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Kelly Frailing

Associate Professor

Kelly Frailing
Kelly Frailing

Dr. Kelly Frailing is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Justice. She received her bachelor’s in Psychology from Grinnell College, her master’s in Criminal Justice from Loyola University New Orleans and her doctorate in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. While obtaining her master’s and doctorate degrees, she developed two distinct teaching and research interests, crime and disaster, and people with mental illness in the justice system. Her work on these topics has appeared in the journals European Journal of Probation, Corrections, American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Crime and Justice, and Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, among others. She is the co-author of Toward a Criminology of Disaster: What We Know and What we Need to Find Out, and of both editions of the textbook Fundamentals of Criminology: New Dimensions, and of the third edition of the textbook The Criminalization of Mental Illness: Crisis and Opportunity for the Justice System. She is also the co-editor of all three editions of Crime and Criminal Justice in Disaster and of Justice Outsourced: The implications of Judicial Decision-making by Non-Judicial Officers for Therapeutic Jurisprudence.



Ph.D., University of Cambridge

Classes Taught

Specialty Courts and Programs

Offenders with Mental Illness

Crime and Disaster

Program Planning and Evaluation (undergraduate and graduate)

Statistics (undergraduate and graduate)