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Mary S. Gibson
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Phone: 212-237-8818
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Indiana University
Research Interests: Modern Italy; History of Crime; European Women's History
Selected publications

Translation (with Nicole Rafter) of Cesare Lombroso’s Criminal Man [with scholarly introduction and notes] (Duke University Press 2006)

Translation (with Nicole Rafter) of Cesare Lombroso’s Criminal Woman, the Prostitute, and the Normal Woman [with scholarly introduction and notes] (Duke University Press 2004)

Born to Crime: Cesare Lombroso and the Origins of Biological Criminology (Praeger Press 2002) [translated as Nati per il crimine: Cesare Lombroso e le origini della criminologia biologica (Bruno Mondadori 2004)

Prostitution and the State in Italy, 1860-1915. 2nd Edition (Ohio State University Press 1999); 1st Edition (Rutgers University Press 1986) [translated as Stato e prostituzione in Italia, 1860-1915 (Il Saggiatore 1995)]


"Prisons and Prisoners," Encyclopedia of Women in World History, ed. Bonnie G. Smith (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008).

"Ai margini della cittadinanza: le detenute dopo l'Unità italiana (1860-1915)," Storia delle Donne, n. 3 (2007) pp. 187-207.

“Cesare Lombroso and Italian Criminology: Theory and Politics,” Criminals and Their Scientists: The History of Criminology in International Perspective, eds. Peter Becker and Richard Wetzell (Cambridge University Press 2006)

“Science and Narrative in Italian Criminology, 1880-1920,” Crime and Culture: An Historical Perspective, ed. Amy Gilman Srebnick and René Lévy (Ashgate 2005)

“Labelling Women Deviant: Heterosexual Women, Prostitutes, and Lesbians in Early Criminological Discourse,” Gender and the Private Sphere in Italy, ed. Perry Willson (Palgrave-Macmillan 2004)

“The Criminalization of Youth in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Italy,” Crime, Punishment, and Reform in Europe, ed. Louis A. Knapfla (Praeger 2003)

“Introduction” to a special issue of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies on women’s history, v. 7 (Spring 2002)

"Italian Women and the Left in the Shadow of Fascism," Women & Socialism--Socialism & Women in Europe Between the Wars, ed. Helmut Gruber and Pamela Graves (Berghahn 1998)

"Biology or Environment? Race and Southern 'Deviancy' in the Writings of Italian Criminologists, 1880-1920," Italy's "Southern Question": Orientalism in One Country, ed. Jane Schneider (Berg 1998)

“New Perspectives in Italian Women’s History: A Review Essay,” Journal of Women’s History, v. 8, n. 2 (Summer 1996)

Works in Progress

Prisons of Rome: Punishment, Citizenship and Italian Unification

Other Activities

Associate Editor, Journal of Modern Italian Studies

Editorial Board: Studi sulla Questione Criminale (Studies in Criminology)

Editorial Board, Genesis (journal of the Italian Society of Women’s Historians)


Grants and Awards

National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Research Grant, 2009-2010

Fulbright Senior Research Award (Italy), 2008-9