Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice
Ph.D., Saint Louis University
- M.A., Saint Louis University
- B.A., Webster College
Dr. Atwell came to Radford University in 1988 as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Atwell joined the Criminal Justice Department in 1993 and retired in December of 2013.
Dr. Atwell's research interests include gender and legal issues and capital punishment. Her personal interests include dogs, Jane Austen, yoga, and other escapist entertainment, and her personal goal is to live at the beach.
Recent Professional Activities
- Dr. Atwell is currently working on a new edition of Wretched Sisters, to be published in 2014.
- Dr. Atwell is currently working on a book titled, An American Dilemma: International Law, Capital Punishment, and Federalism, to be published in 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan.
- Dr. Atwell has published a book chapter titled, "Performing Monstrous Violence: Aileen Wuornos, Murder, Abuse, and Exploitation," in Performances of Violence, edited by Austin Sarat (University of Massachusetts Press, 2011).
- Dr. Atwell's previous books include Wretched Sisters: Gender and Capital Punishment (2007: Peter Lang Publishing), Equal Protection of the Law? Gender and Justice in the United States (2002: Peter Lang Publishing) and Evolving Standards of Decency: Popular Culture and Capital Punishment (2004: Peter Lang Publishing).
- Dr. Atwell was selected for the 2002 Supreme Court Historical Society Seminar and received the 2004 Radford University Foundation Creative Scholarship Award.