Danielle Harris, Ph.D.


Associate Professor 

Ph.D., Griffith University, Australia

MacQuarrie Hall 525


Email: danielle.harris@sjsu.edu

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Curriculum Vitae






Professor Bio

Danielle Arlanda Harris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Justice Studies at San Jose State University and the Director of Research for The Art of Yoga Project. She received her doctorate in Criminology in 2008 from Griffith University, Australia. Prior to that, she completed a Masters degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice (University of Maryland) (2004) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies (Queensland University of Technology; University of Westminster) (1999). She has published widely and presented at numerous international conferences. Her research interests include many aspects of sexual offending over the life course: specialization and versatility; the criminal career paradigm; desistance, and related public policy. She received a prestigious grant from the Harry T Frank Guggenheim Foundation for an extensive follow-up study of civilly committed sex offenders in Massachusetts and was recently awarded a grant from the California Sex Offender Management Board to conduct a statewide survey of sex offenders on community supervision.


Selected Publications

Harris, D. A. (in press). Book Review: Melissa Munn and Chris Bruckett, “On the Outside: From lengthy imprisonment to lasting freedom.” Punishment and Society.

Graham, F. J., Walters, G. D., Harris, D. A., & Knight, R. A. (in press). Is Hypersexuality Dimensional or Categorical? Evidence from Male and Female College Samples. The Journal of Sex Research.

Harris, D. A. & Cudmore, R. (in press). “Desistance from sexual offending.” Chapter in Oxford Handbook of Criminology 

Harris, D. A. & Malone, S. (2014). “A process evaluation of the Art of Yoga Project Mentoring and Aftercare Program for incarcerated girls.” International Journal of Yoga Therapy.

 Harris, D. A. (2014). “Chapter 10: Tales from the Trenches: Zooming in on the process of desistance from sexual offending,” in McCarten, K. (ed) Sexual Offending: Perceptions, Risks and Responses. 

Harris, D. A. (2014). Book Review: Kevin Denys Bonnycastle, “Stranger Rape: Rapists, Masculinity, and Penal Governance.” Punishment and Society. Online first, DOI: 10.1177/1462474513493900. 

Pedneault, A. & Harris, D. A. (2014). Patterns of escalation in a sample of sexual offenders who committed homicide or burglary. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

Pedneault, A., Beauregard, E., Harris, D. A., & Knight, R. A. (2014). Rationally irrational: The case of sexual burglary. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. Advance online publication, DOI:10.1177/1079063213511669.

Harris, D. A. (2014). Desistance from sexual offending: Findings from 21 life history narratives. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 29(9), pp. 1554-1578, DOI: 10.1177/0886260513511532. 

Francis, B., Harris, D. A., Wallace, S., Soothill, K., Knight, R. A. (2013). Sexual and General Offending Trajectories of Men Referred for Civil Commitment. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, p. 1-19, online first DOI: 10.1177/1079063213492341.

Harris, D. A. (2013). Using Life History Plots to visualize criminal careers, Criminal Justice Review. January 38(1) p. 94-109. DOI: 10.1177/0734016812463729.

Harris, D. A. (2013). Versatility and Specialization in Sexual Offending, encyclopedia entry in Piquero, A. & Mazerolle, P. (editors) Encyclopedia of Criminology, Sage Publications. 

Harris, D. A. (2013). Age and Type of Onset: Results from a sample of male sexual offenders referred for civil commitment. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 1-22 iFirst article DOI: 10.1177//0306624X12448649  

Harris, D. A., Pedneault, A., & Knight, R. A. (2012). An exploration of burglary in the criminal careers of sexual offenders. Psychology, Crime and the Law. 1-17 iFirst article DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2012.678850

Harris, D. A. (2012). “Chapter 12: Female Sexual Offending”, in DeLisi, M. & Conis, P. J. (eds) Violent Offenders: Theory, Research, Policy, and Practice, 2nd edition, Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, pp. 207-219.

Pedneault, A., Harris, D. A., & Knight, R. A. (2012). Toward a typology of sexual burglary: latent class findings. Journal of Criminal Justice, 40(4), 278-284. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2012.05.004.

Harris, D. A., Knight, R. A., Dennison, S., Smallbone, S. (2011). Post release specialization and versatility in sexual offenders referred for civil commitment, Sexual Abuse: a Journal of Research and Treatment. 23(2), 243-259.

Harris, D. A. (2011) Female Sexual Offenders, chapter in De Lisi, M Violent offenders, 2nd edition.

Harris, D. A. & Fitton, M. L. (2010). The Art of Yoga Project: A yoga and creative arts curriculum for girls in custody, International Journal of Yoga Therapy.

Harris, D. A. (2010) “Theories of Female Sexual Offending”. In T.R. Gannon, & F. Cortoni, Female Sexual Offenders, London: Wiley and Sons.

Harris, D. A., Mazerolle, P., & Knight, R. A. (2009). Understanding male sexual offending: A comparison of general and specialist theories, Criminal Justice and Behavior, 36(10), 1051-1069.

Harris, D. A., Smallbone, S., Dennison S., & Knight, R. A. (2009). Specialization and versatility in sexual offenders referred for civil commitment, Journal of Criminal Justice, 37, 37-44.

Harris, D. A., Smallbone, S., Dennison S., & Knight, R. A. (2009). Specialization and versatility in sexual offenders referred for civil commitment, Sexual Offender Law Report.

Schatzel-Murphy, E. A., Harris, D. A., Knight, R. A., Milburn, M. A. (2009). Sexual coercion in men and women: similar behaviors, different predictors, Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Harris, D.A. (2006) “Child Molesters” in McKenzie, D., O’Neill, L., Povitsky, W. and Acevdeo, S. (eds) Different Crimes, Different Criminal: Understanding, Treating and Preventing Criminal Behavior, Anderson Publishing.