Colleen Mills

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Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice
Office Phone
Office Location
Sutherland, 310D
Penn State Abington
0119 Sutherland Building
Abington, PA 19001
    Biography

    Ongoing Research Projects and Publications

    Project Manager and Research Associate with the Extremist Crime Database (ECDB)

    Research Associate with Social Learning and Social Control in the Off and Online Pathways to Hate and Extremist Violence, funded by National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

    Mills, C.E., J.D. Freilich, & S.M. Chermak. "The Use of Comparison Groups in Post-9/11 Terrorism Research."

    Grants

    2014 Pre-Doctoral Terrorism Research Award 2014-2015 ($5,000).
    National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland, MD

    Research Interests

    Hate crime; extremism and terrorism; race, racism, and criminal justice; intergroup conflict; and the history and sociology of American criminal justice, specifically modern American crime legislation, the War on Drugs and the era of mass incarceration.

    Publications

    Mills, C. E., Freilich, J. D., Chermak, S. M., Holt, T. J., & LaFree, G. (2019). Social Learning and Social Control in the Off-and Online Pathways to Hate Crime and Terrorist Violence. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 1-29.

    Mills, C. E. (2019). Hatred Simmering in the Melting Pot: An Analysis of Hate Crime in New York City, 1995–2010. Justice Quarterly, 1-28.

    Mills, C. E. (2019). Gay visibility and disorganized and strained communities: a community-level analysis of anti-gay hate crime in New York City. Journal of interpersonal violence, 0886260519848784.

    Dissertation

    Mills, C.E. (2017). Hatred Simmering in the Melting Pot: Hate Crime in New York City, 1995-2010

    Peer Reviewed Publications

    Mills, C.E. (2017). "Framing Ferguson: Fox News and the Construction of U.S. Racism." Race & Class, 58(4), p. 39-56. DOI: 10.1177/0306396816685030

    Mills, C.E., J.D. Freilich, & S.M. Chermak. (2015). "Extreme Hatred: Revisiting the Hate Crime and Terrorism Relationship to Determine Whether They Are "Close Cousins" or "Distant Relatives." Crime and Delinquency. DOI: 10.1177/0011128715620626

    Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

    Mills, C.E., J.D. Freilich & S.M. Chermak. (2017). "Terrorism and Hate Crime." In R. Wright. Ed. Bibliographies in Criminology. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780195396607-0217

    Manuscripts Under Review

    Hayes, B.E., C.E. Mills, J.D. Freilich, & S.M. Chermak. (forthcoming). “Are Honor Killings Unique? A Comparison of Honor Killings, Domestic Violence Homicides and Hate Homicides by Far-Right Extremists"

    Holt, T., J.D. Freilich, S.M. Chermak, C.E. Mills, & J.R. Silva. (forthcoming). “Reconsidering the Social Organization of Terror and Extremism: An Application of Best and Luckenbill’s Framework to “Loner” Terrorists”