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Elisa Toman

Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D. Criminology, University of South Florida (2017)
  • M.S. Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida (2013)
  • B.A. Criminology, University of Miami (2012)


Office: C-209
Phone: (936) 294-3627

Areas of Expertise:
Theories of Formal Social Control, Incarceration, Criminal Sentencing, Gender


Elisa Toman specializes in theories of punishment, trends in criminal sentencing, and individuals' experiences with the correctional system. Her research has been published in such journals as Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and the Journal of Criminal Justice. Toman was recognized by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences with its Doctoral Summit Scholarship Award and the American Society of Criminology Division of Corrections and Sentencing with its Student Paper Award. She also contributed to research on the use of solitary confinement in the Florida prison system, a manuscript that earned the 2017 Outstanding Paper Award from the ACJS. Her dissertation focused on "Female Incarceration and Prison Social Order: An Examination of Gender Differences in Prison Misconduct and In-Prison Punishments."

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