Abigail Kolb

My research is multidisciplinary, and has focused on the intersection of race, class, and gender inequalities within the criminal justice system. Specifically, I have focused on the unique issues that women of color face in corrections, their corporeal experiences within the carceral system, and their individual and collective mechanisms of agency.

In addition, I have worked as a clinical and forensic social worker for over a decade, with various populations, and primarily with sexual offenders. Currently, my research revolves around sex offender treatment.

Beyond my research, I serve as the Site Director for Prison Education Programs and teach courses at a Level V (maximum security) prison in Georgia. At this facility, the University of West Georgia (UWG) has implemented a 4-year Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program. We are currently in our first semester with our inaugural cohort! 

  • B.S., Bachelor of Social Work, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2005
  • M.S., Master of Science - Clinical Social Work, Columbia University, 2006
  • PhD, Doctor of Philosophy - Criminology, Simon Fraser University, 2015

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Summer 2020 Sections

  • CRIM-2245 (Juvenile Delinquency) Section: E01
  • CRIM-4279 (Race and Crime) Section: E01

Spring 2020 Sections

  • CRIM-1100 (Intro to Criminal Justice) Section: E02
  • CRIM-2245 (Juvenile Delinquency) Section: 01
  • CRIM-4279 (Race and Crime) Section: 01

Fall 2019 Sections

  • CRIM-2245 (Juvenile Delinquency) Section: E01
  • CRIM-4279 (Race and Crime) Section: 01
  • CRIM-4280 (Sex Offenders) Section: E02

Kolb, A.F. (Forthcoming, Feb. 2024). Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Sex Offenders: A Treatment Guide. Routledge. [View Publication External Resource]

Schweighoffer, A., Piche, L., & Kolb, A. (Forthcoming, 2024). Assessing child sexual exploitation material offenders. In L.A Craig, L. Dixon, & T.A. Gannon (Eds.). The Wiley Handbook of What Works in Offender Rehabilitation: An Evidence-Based Approach to T

Christopher, Kelley; Kolb, Abigail; and Parsons, Tiffany A. (2022) "“’My walk matches my talk’: An exploratory study of a moral rehabilitation program for incarcerated women.”," The Journal of Public and Professional Sociology: Vol. 14 : Iss. 1 , A [View Publication External Resource]

Kolb, A. (2021). “Just Listen, People!”: Narrative as Resistance in Criminological Research. In J.A. Schlosser (Ed.) Prison Stories: Women Scholars’ Experiences Doing Research Behind Bars (pp. 67-84). Lanham, MD: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing G

Kolb, A. & Palys, T. (2012). Are you Down?: Power relations and gender reconstruction among Latina gang members in Los Angeles. Journal of Gang Research, 20(1): 19-32.

Kolb, A. & Palys, T. (2016). Homegirls, Hoodrats and Hos: Co-constructing gang status through discourseand performance. International Journal for Crime, Justice, and Social Democracy, 5(4): 29-44. doi:10.5204/ijcjsd.v5i4.334. [View Publication External Resource]

Kolb, A. & Palys, T. (2018). Playing the part: Pseudo-families, wives, and the politics of relationships in women’s prisons in California. The Prison Journal, 98(6), 678-699. doi: 10.1177/0328855. [View Publication (PDF)]

Kolb, A., Palys, T., & Green, A. (2019). “When You’re Out, You’re Not Really Out”: Exiting Strategies among Gang-Affiliated Chicanas. The Journal of Public and Professional Sociology, 11(2), Article 4. [View Publication External Resource]

Kolb, A. (Forthcoming). One step forward, one step back: An overview of inequality in the criminal (in)justice system from 1704 to the present. In P. Pitman-Brown, & T. Parsons (Eds.). Introduction to Social Justice.

Race, class, and gender inequality in the criminal justice system

Qualitative research; sex offender treatment; race, class, gender, and crime; criminal justice system