Danielle S. Rudes

Danielle S. Rudes, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and the Deputy Director of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) at George Mason University (gmuace.org). She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Rudes is an expert qualitative researcher whose methods include ethnographic observation, interviews, and focus groups with over 20 years of experience working with corrections agencies at the federal, state, and local county levels including prisons, jails, probation/parole agencies and problem-solving courts. She is recognized for her work examining how social control organizations and their middle management and street-level workers understand, negotiate, and at times, resist change. Dr. Rudes experience includes working with community corrections agencies during adoption, adaptation and implementation of various workplace practices and reforms including: contingency management (incentives/rewards/sanctions), risk-needs assessment instruments and motivational interviewing. Dr. Rudes serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment  and on the Editorial Board of the journals Criminal Justice & Behavior, Law & Policy, and Victims & Offenders and publishes regularly in journals such as Criminal Justice & BehaviorFederal ProbationPunishment & SocietyLaw & Policy, Law & Society Review, and Justice Quarterly. Dr. Rudes is also the 2012 winner of the Teaching Excellence Award, the 2015 Mentoring Excellence Award, the 2016 Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award, and the 2019 Sustaining Mentoring Award at George Mason University, the 2018 Teaching Award from the American Society of Criminology and the 2021 Mentoring Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Her forthcoming book, Surviving Solitary: Living and Working in Restricted Housing Units is due out in spring 2022 with Stanford University Press.