College of Arts and Sciences

Dept. of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Melanie Neuilly

Photo: Melanie-Angela Neuilly

Assistant Professor
Johnson Tower 721, WSU Pullman
Curriculum vitae


Doctorate Human Sciences, 2008, Université de Rennes II, Rennes, France
Ph.D. Criminal Justice, 2007, Rutgers University, New Jersey
M.A. Criminal Justice, 2003, Rutgers University, New Jersey
M.A. Psychology, 2000, Université de Rennes II, Rennes, France
B.A. Psychology, 1999, Université Catholique de l’Ouest, Angers, France


Melanie-Angela Neuilly, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University. Prior to joining the department in 2011, Dr. Neuilly taught for five years at the University of Idaho. She received a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University in 2007, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Université de Rennes in France in 2008. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on criminological theory, comparative criminal justice, homicide and violent crime, crime control policy, and research methods.

Generally speaking, Dr. Neuilly conducts comparative research on violence and violent death. More specifically, she is interested in issues surrounding measurement and data collection processes, particularly as they pertain to medico-legal practices of classifying death. Dr. Neuilly’s research has so far compared medico-legal practices in France and in the United States, in various sites, as well as at various times in history. Dr. Neuilly’s research also examines how research methodologies influence research findings in criminology, for example when it comes to establishing recidivism risk, or how qualitative methods open up new avenues for criminological research. Finally, Dr. Neuilly also focuses on causes and correlates of violence, particularly lethal violence.

For her research, Dr. Neuilly has mainly operated her own data collection. This currently includes an on-going comparative multi-site, qualitative and quantitative data collection effort in medico-legal offices in France and in the United States, as well as a triangulated historical record-based dataset on death in Walla Walla and Spokane counties at the beginning of the twentieth century. She has also collaborated on a homicide data collection project in Newark, NJ, and is currently collaborating on projects using Washington State Department of Corrections data, among others.

Courses Taught

Criminology, Criminological Theory, Crime Control Policy, Qualitative Methods, Issues on the Administration of Criminal Justice

Research Interests

Violent crime; Crime data collection; Public health: Comparative criminal justice and criminology

Research Projects

Dr. Neuilly is currently involved in a variety of projects revolving around questions of measurement of violence.These projects involve a comparative study of violent deaths in Spokane and Walla Walla county at the turn of the 20th and 21st century, an examination of the incremental utility of methodological advancements in recidivism risk assessment in collaboration with Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Lee of the University of Idaho, a test of cultural explanations of violence using Washington data, in collaboration with Dr. Hamilton, Dr. Hays, and Dr. Wolf from the University of Idaho, and of course her on-going comparative study of medico-legal practices in the United States and in France. Dr. Neuilly has also been contacted to inform Senator Padden's (4th District, Spokane Valley) attempt at modifying the Coroner's Inquest statute in Washington State.

Select Publications

Predicting Recidivism in Homicide Offenders Using Classification Tree Analysis, Homicide Studies, 2011
Using a Comparative Framework to Understand Violence as a Social Construct, Victims and Offenders, A Journal of Evidence-Based Policies and Practices, July 2011
Public Opinion and Crime (299-312); Criminal Personality and Traits (453-468); Theory and Practice of the Criminal Choice (541-559), Transnational Criminology Manual, Martine Herzog-Evans (Ed), Olsterwjick, The Netherlands: Wolf Legal Publishers.




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