Marianne Nielsen

Marianne Nielsen Chair and Professor
Northern Arizona University
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Blg SBS Rm #320
Phone: 928-523-6512

Office hours: Contact Criminology and Criminal Justice office for hours

Education

PhD University 0f Alberta 1993
MA University of Alberta 1979
BA (Hon) University of Calgary 1974

Professional interests

  • indigenous people, crime and justice
  • crime, criminal justice and the media
  • criminal justice organizations

Academic interests and affiliations

I do research in the area of Native Americans and the criminal justice system, and have expanded this to investigate comparative Indigenous criminal justice in other countries, mainly Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

I have three books out in the area: Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Criminal Justice (edited with Robert A. Silverman), Native Americans, Crime and Criminal Justice (also edited with Robert A. Silverman) and Navajo Nation Peacemaking (edited with James W. Zion), and will have another one appearing soon.

I've also had numerous journal articles and book chapters published. Because of this interest, I teach a graduate course on “World Indigenous Peoples and Justice” and our undergraduate course on “Investigating Difference”.                              

I also do research on the structure, operation and ideologies of criminal justice organizations. My other teaching interests are primarily in the area of media and crime. I teach two undergraduate courses on “Media, Crime and Justice” and “Hollywood and the Social Construction of Crime and Justice.”

Recent publications and projects

Marianne O. Nielsen and Robert A. Silverman (Eds.) 2009. Criminal Justice in Native America. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Marianne O. Nielsen, Lynn Jones, and Barbara Perry. 2009.“Introduction: Investigating Difference” pp. 2-9 in Investigating Difference: Human and Cultural Relations in Criminal Justice, Second Edition edited by the Northern Arizona University Criminal Justice Collective. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Marianne O. Nielsen and Rebecca Maniglia. 2009.“Talking Through Our Differences” pp. 39-53 in Investigating Difference: Human and Cultural Relations in Criminal Justice, Second Edition edited by the Northern Arizona University Criminal Justice Collective. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Marianne O. Nielsen and Linda Robyn. 2009. “Stolen Lands, Stolen Lives: Native Americans and Criminal Justice” pp. 74-87 in Investigating Difference: Human and Cultural Relations in Criminal Justice, Second Edition edited by the Northern Arizona University Criminal Justice Collective. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Lynn Jones, Barbara Perry and Marianne O. Nielsen. 2009. “Reinvestigating Difference” pp. 286-300 in Investigating Difference: Human and Cultural Relations in Criminal Justice, Second Edition edited by the Northern Arizona University Criminal Justice Collective. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. 

Nielsen, Marianne O. and Barbara Heather. 2008. “The Universality of Peacemaking: A Real Possibility?” International Journal of Restorative Justice.

Nielsen, Marianne O. and Larry Gould. 2007. “Non-Native Scholars Doing Research in Native Communities: A Matter of Respect.” The Social Sciences Journal. 44/3: 420-433.

Nielsen, Marianne O. and Barbara Heather. 2006. “An Opportunity Lost: Quaker and Lenni Lenape Peacemaking in the 1700s.”  Restorative Directions Journal (Special Issue: Indigenous Peoples, the Law and Restorative Justice). 2/2: 236-273.

Nielsen, Marianne O. 2006. “Indigenous-Run Legal Services in Australia and Canada: Comparative Developmental Issues.”International Criminal Justice Review. 16/3: 157-178.

Nielsen, Marianne O. and James W. Zion (Eds.). 2005. Navajo Nation Peacemaking: Living Traditional Justice. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.