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McQuiller Williams

Department Chairperson and Professor
Eastman Hall, Room 2186

LaVerne McQuiller Williams is the chairperson and professor of criminal justice at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from RIT, a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Buffalo State College, a J.D. from Albany Law School, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from SUNY Buffalo.  A member of the Criminal Justice Department faculty since 1996, Professor McQuiller Williams’s primary research interests include intimate partner violence, restorative justice, therapeutic justice, and sex trafficking. She currently serves as the faculty advisor for the RIT Prelaw Association and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International.  She is also the 2006 recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. Prior to joining the RIT faculty, Dr. McQuiller Williams was an assistant district attorney specializing in sexual assault and domestic violence cases.

Select Courses Offered

  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Evidence
  • Law, Justice and Society
  • Minority Groups in the Criminal Justice System
  • Women and Crime
  • Issues in Criminal Prosecution
  • Prostitution and Vice
  • Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice Theory
  • Pro-Seminar in Law and Policy

Recent Publications

McQuiller Williams, L., Porter, J., & Smith, T. (forthcoming). “Understanding date rape attitudes and behaviors: Exploring the influence of race, gender and prior sexual victimization”. Victims and Offenders: An International Journal of Evidence-based Research, Policy and Practice. Published online ahead of print: January 6, 2015.

McQuiller Williams, L., & Porter, J. (forthcoming). "The relationship between child maltreatment and partner violence victimization and perpetration among college students: A focus on auditory status and gender." Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Published online ahead of print: October 7, 2014.

McQuiller Williams, L. "In re Gault." (forthcoming). Juvenile Delinquency and Justice, edited by C. Schreck. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

McQuiller Williams, L., McCluskey, J., & Klofas, J. (forthcoming). “Encouraging Curiosity in Criminal Justice: A Problem-based Approach”. In Criminal Justice for the Curious: Why Study Criminal Justice, edited by Kishor Vaidya. ISBN 978-1-925128-68-0.

McQuiller Williams, L. (forthcoming). "Kent v. U.S." Juvenile Deliquency and Justice, edited by C. Schreck. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

McQuiller Williams, L. (forthcoming). "Terry v. Ohio." Juvenile Delinquency and Justice, edited by C. Schreck. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

McQuiller Williams, L. (2014). "Sex in the city: Why and how sex workers select their locations for business." Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 43, 659-694.

McQuiller Williams L., & Porter, J. (2014). "A comparison of Deaf and hard of hearing college students' experiences and risk factors of psychological and physical abuse." Sage Open Access.  Doi:10.1177/2158244013518930.

Porter, J., & McQuiller Williams, L. (2013). "Dual marginality: The impact of auditory status and sexual orientation on abuse in a college sample of women and men." Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 22(6), 577-589.

Porter, J., & McQuiller Williams, L. (2011). "Intimate violence among underrepresented groups on a college campus." Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26, 3210-322.

Porter, J., & McQuiller Williams, L. (2011). "Auditory status and experiences of abuse among college students." Violence and Victims, 26, 788-798.

McQuiller Williams, L.  (2011). "Olmstead v. U.S." The Twenties in America, edited by C. Rollyson. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

McQuiller Williams, L.  (2011). "Wolf v. Colorado." The Forties in America, edited by T.T. Lewis. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.