Elizabeth Webster, PhD
Title/s: Assistant Professor
Office #: Mundelein Center, Room 807A
CV Link: Webster CV 2022
Dr. Webster joined the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Fall of 2018. She is a former communications professional at the Innocence Project, and an alum of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice. She studies criminal justice system errors and the processes, policies, and perceptions that contribute to, and remedy, these errors. Her research, “A Postconviction Mentality: Prosecutorial Assistance as a Pathway to Exoneration,” which explores prosecutors’ decision making in wrongful conviction cases, was funded by the National Institute of Justice. Her current research projects include prosecutors' decision making in plea bargaining and exonerated defendants’ perceptions of their postconviction legal process.
Miscarriage of Justice, Criminal Justice Policy, Courts, Corrections, Law and Society, Theories of Crime, Qualitative Research Methods, Crime and the Media, Gender and Crime, Race and Crime
CJC 201 Theories of Criminal Behavior
CJC 312 Popular Culture and Crime
CJC 372 Race, Ethnicity and Crime
CJC 374 Miscarriages of Justice
Webster, Elizabeth, Kathleen Powell, Sarah Lageson and Valerio Bacak. Forthcoming. “’Satan’s Minions’ and ‘True Believers’: How Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Employ Quasi-Religious Rhetoric and What It Suggests About Lawyering Culture.” Justice System Journal.
Webster, Elizabeth. Forthcoming. “The Postconviction Workgroup: Cooperation Between Adversaries in Exoneration Cases.” Criminal Justice Policy Review.
Webster, Elizabeth. (2020) “The Prosecutor as a Final Safeguard Against False Convictions.” Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 110-245.
Webster, Elizabeth and Jody Miller. (2014) “Gendering and Racing Wrongful Conviction: Intersectionality, ‘Normal Crimes,’ and Women’s Experiences of Miscarriage of Justice.” The Albany Law Review 78, 973