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Rae Taylor Ph.D.

Rev. Joseph H. Fitcher, S.J. Distinguished Professor

Rae Taylor Ph.D.
Rae Taylor Ph.D.

Dr. Rae Taylor joined the Loyola University New Orleans faculty in the fall of 2009 after completing her Ph.D. in Sociology. She served as chair of the Department of Criminology and Justice from 2015 to 2023. Her research and teaching interests include violence against women, societal and organizational responses to violent crime and social inequalities, and criminal legal responses to violence against women. She has been the recipient of the University Faculty Senate Award for Research, the University Faculty Senate Award for Community Engagement, the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Community Service, the STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response) Champion of Change Award, the Marquette Research
Fellowship, the Ignatian Faculty Fellowship, and numerous other awards. She has published her work in Violence Against Women, Homicide Studies, and other academic journals, books, and encyclopedias. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Criminology, the Homicide Research Working Group, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, where she regularly presents her research.

Dr. Taylor’s teaching and research are informed by her dedication to service in the community.She is a renowned legal consultant and expert witness in cases involving violence against women around the country, she is a member of the New Orleans Fatality Review Team, and has served as a volunteer medical victim advocate with the New Orleans Family Justice Center/University Medical Center. Professor Taylor regularly provides training and presentations to a variety of organizations and government agencies around the state.

In 2022, Dr. Taylor founded the Gender Based Violence Research Project, where she and her students conduct research, train professionals in victim advocacy and expert witness testimony, provide legal consultation, and contribute a variety of community service.


Recent Publications

Frailing, K., Alfonso, B., & Taylor, R. (2022). Therapeutic jurisprudence in Swift and Certain probation. In M. Perlin and K. Frailing, (Eds). Justice outsourced: The implications of judicial decision-making by non-judicial officers for therapeutic jurisprudence. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press


Taylor, R., & Pedalino, J. (2020). From Victimization to Incarceration: IPV, Cycles of Abuse, Addiction, and Incarceration. In C. Marcum, L.M. Carter, L.M., and Blankenship, C.L. (Eds.) Punishing Gender, Past and Present. Cognella, Inc.191-201.


Frailing, K., Alfonso, B., & Taylor, R. (2020). Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Swift and Certain Probation. American Behavioral Scientist, 64(12), 1768-1785.


Frailing, K., Kennedy, J., Taylor, R., & Rapp, V. (2020). Swift and Certain Probation: Assessing Fidelity to the HOPE Model.” European Journal of Probation, 12(3), 265-281.

Frailing, K., Rapp., V., & Taylor, R. (2020). Swift and Certain Probation as a HOPE-Like Model: Progress Toward Goals and Lingering Challenges. Corrections: Policy, Practice and Research.


Taylor, R. (2016). Victim Statements. S. F. Sharp (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Corrections. Wiley-Blackwell.


Post, L.A., Raile, A. N. W, Zeoli, A. M., Taylor, R., Smith, P.K., Dziura, J.D., Biroscak, B.J. (2015). Domestic Violence Homicide: Validating a Scale to Measure Implicit Collusion with Murder. Health Sciences Research 2(1), 1-8.


Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Central Florida

Classes Taught

  • Domestic Violence
  • Criminology Fundamentals
  • Sexual Assault
  • Murder, Mayhem, and the Media
  • Women and Crime
  • Research & Statistical Methods
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Violent Crime and the Media
  • Violence Against Women
  • Mass Incarceration