HAMPTON, Va. (December 10, 2018) – Dr. Zina McGee, endowed university professor for the Hampton University Department of Sociology, has just published a powerful anthology, her first book, entitled, “Silenced Voices: Readings in Violence and Victimization.”
The anthology provides students with insightful readings that center on the experiences of women, children and others who are often silenced and victimized in their homes and communities.
“Dr. McGee is a respected, and highly accomplished member of our faculty. She has received the Edward L. Hamm Distinguished Teaching Award, amongst other accolades. We commend her completion of her book and wish her much success in this endeavor,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
Dr. McGee has a Ph.D. in criminology from Tulane University, and a B.A. and M.A. in sociology from the University of New Orleans. Her area in specialization of research is in criminology. Over the past year, she researched, and analyzed data to come up with the findings for the book. “Much of the research that I’ve conducted has involved the study of children who have been exposed to violence and the extent to which that exposure to violence creates a situation for them to engage in greater delinquency,” Dr. McGee said. “I also have research that looks at mothers newly released from prison and the extent to which their coping strategies are often impaired when they’re expected to be re-socialized in a society that may not necessarily offer them the adequate resources to better themselves and the lives of their children.”
Through funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Hampton University Faculty Research Grant, Dr. McGee collected survey data on 1,500 youth in the Hampton Roads area and 500 women in prisons and jails in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and New York. Through those surveys, this book was created.
“I teach courses such as violence against women, juvenile delinquency and so I’ve been able to use much of my research in the classroom. As I used some of the textbooks, I was thinking of an anthology that takes a closer look at the victims themselves, because we live in a time where many women, and young children are marginalized on the basis of their race, and social class, and what we’re finding is even though they have been engaging in criminal activity, much of this has been in response to their own victimization patterns. This gave me the opportunity to do some more research and further my own study in an effort to bring something new to the students,” said Dr. McGee.
Dr. McGee has taught at Hampton University for the last 25 years and teaches courses in research methods, statistics and criminology. She has plans to continue research and take a look at the victims again but this time focusing solely on female offenders.
“I am so glad that the book is out. I’m hoping I can contribute further to scholarship, and to really give students opportunities as well to learn more about the subject matter,” said Dr. McGee.
“Silenced Voices: Readings in Violence and Victimization” is available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble for $133.95. The ISBN is 978-1-5165-3860-7. It is well suited for courses that focus on criminology, sociology, and racial, gender, and ethnic relations, as well as those that explore the social problems of gender, race and ethnicity.