Elizabeth Gurian Receives AAUW American Fellowship

Summer Short-Term Research Publication Grantee at Norwich University Receives Prestigious AAUW Award

Awarded from one of the world’s oldest fellowship programs for women


Gurian-Elizabeth-BoFWASHINGTON — The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2016–17 AAUW American Fellowship to Elizabeth A. Gurian, Ph.D. She is an assistant professor in criminal justice at Norwich University.

American Fellowships, AAUW’s oldest and largest funding program, date back to 1888, making them one of the oldest and most prestigious fellowships in the world exclusively for women. AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication.

“The 2016–17 American Fellowship is a great honor for which I am extremely grateful,” said Gurian. “As an AAUW American Fellow I plan to explore the adjudication patterns of homicide offenders, (including use of plea bargains, convictions, and sentences). Few researchers have explored this topic, because the general assumption is that offenders convicted of murder will be sentenced harshly by the criminal justice system. Although women make up a small percentage of homicide offenders, statistical analysis of the data I have already collected shows that women are still less likely to be sentenced to death than men even for crimes of murder. With this article, I hope to more accurately challenge or support the theories of chivalry justice and paternalism, which attempt to explain the treatment of women by the criminal justice system.”

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