Carina Gallo is an Associate Professor of Criminology and the Criminology Program Coordinator. She joined the Holy Names University faculty in 2011 and teaches courses in the undergraduate criminology program and the graduate forensic psychology program. Carina is dedicated to exploring and applying innovative teaching practices such as cross-cultural learning. Her innovative pedagogy has been recognized with a number of prestigious awards. She is particularly interested in how technology can enhance student learning and globalize the curriculum. She has led two projects where students in the United States and Sweden collaborated through a virtual classroom.
Carina’s scholarship addresses historical and international trends in crime and welfare policies, with particular attention to how policies and laws intending to support underrepresented and marginalized groups have developed over the last century. She is especially interested in the “criminalization” of poverty and the penalization of vulnerable populations. One of her recent research projects examines how categories in crime policy, such as the “crime victim,” have crossed over to welfare law and policy. The study shows how new categories can change the way policy makers and practitioners conceptualize social problems, in particular, poverty and inequality.
Carina is currently working on a book exploring the roots of the Swedish victim movement. This book is vital to informing the literature how different societies have approached issues related to crime and victims. The project is based on a case study of Victim Support Sweden (VSS), Sweden’s largest victim support organization. Carina is a reviewer for many criminology journals.
Carina is also a trained social worker. Before entering academia, Carina worked with many different actors involved in the criminal justice system. For instance, between 2001 and 2006 she was the director of a nongovernmental victim support center, which provides services to over 500 crime victims per year.
B.S., Stockholm University (2004)
M.S.S.W., Lund University (2010)
Ph.D., Stockholm University (2011)
Gallo, C. & Kim, M. (2016). Crime and Welfare Policy. Oxford Handbooks Online. New York: Oxford University Press.
Gallo, C. & Elias, R. (2016). Punishment or solidarity: Comparing the U.S. and Swedish victim movements. In D. Spencer & S. Walklate (Eds.), Reconceptualizing critical victimology. Interventions and possibilities (pp. 79-94). Thousand Oaks: Sage.
af Sandeberg, A. & Ljungwald, C. (2012). Brottsofferjourens självbild, målgrupper, och oberoende [Swedish victim support. Self-image, target groups, and independence]. In A. Heber, E. Tiby, & S. Wikman (Eds.), Viktimologisk forskning. Brottsoffer i teori och metod [Victimology. Crime victims in theory and method] (pp. 317-336). Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Ljungwald, C. (2012). Drivkrafterna bakom socialtjänstlagens särskilda reglering om brottsoffer [The driving forces behind the Social Services Act’s provisions on crime victims]. In L. Ryberg- Welander (Ed.), Rätt, social utsatthet, och samhälleligt ansvar. Festskrift till Anna Hollander [Jurisprudence, social vulnerability, and social responsibility. Festschrift in honour of Anna Hollander] (pp. 171-187). Stockholm: Nordstedts Juridik.
Ljungwald, C. (2011). Brottsoffer. En Trojansk häst i socialtjänstlagen [Victims of crime. A Trojan horse in the Social Services Act]. In H. Tham & C. Lernestedt (Eds.), Kriminalpolitik och brottsoffret [Crime policy and victims of crime] (pp. 227-242). Stockholm: Nordstedts Juridik.
Ljungwald, C. & Elias, R. (2010). The emergence of crime victims as a target group in the Swedish Social Services Act. Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, 11(2), 170–188.
Ljungwald, C. (2010). The idea of the crime victim as a Trojan horse in the Swedish Social Services Act. In S. G. Shoham, P. Knepper, & K. Martin (Eds.), International handbook of victimology (pp. 669–692). Boca Raton: CRC Press.
Ljungwald, C. & Hollander, A. (2009). Crime victims in the Swedish Social Services Act. International Review of Victimology, 15(3), 299–326.
Beckman, L. & Ljungwald, C. (2009). Idéanalys [Idea analysis]. In K. A. Borgström & A. Hollander (Eds.), Rättsvetenskapliga perspektiv och metoder i socialt arbete [Jurisprudence in social work] (pp. 65–75). Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Ljungwald, C. (2008). A focus on crime victims in social work — why and for whom? In A. Olsson (Ed.), Thinking with Beverly Skeggs (pp. 29–38). Stockholm: Center for Genus Studies, Stockholm University.
Ljungwald, C. & Svensson, K. (2007). Crime victims and the social services – social workers’ viewpoint. Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, 8(2), 138– 156.
The National Board of Health and Welfare. (2004). 5 kap. 11 § SoL — en uppföljning av socialtjänstens arbete [Chapter 5 section 11 of the Social Services Act — A follow-up to the social services’ work]. Government Report. Stockholm, Sweden: The National Board of Health and Welfare.
2015 The Burmeister Award
The Association for Educational Communications and Technology
2010 Teacher of the Year
Stockholm University ($6,000)
2009 Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award
University of San Francisco ($500)
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Global Criminal Justice Perspective
Penal-welfarism myths and realities?
Gallo contributes chapter to “reconceptualizing critical victimology: interventions and possibilities”
Carina Gallo receives award for innovating teaching from AECT
Gallo receives $350,000 grant for crime victims’ research (p. 11)
HNU Faculty and Students Deliver Poster Presentation at the American Society of Criminology Conference
Gang prevention workshop engages students
Gallo receives $350,00 research grant
Students visit Santa Rita Jail
Pedagogical new thinkers
Virtual meeting place in social work (p. 11)