College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Danielle S. Rudes

Danielle S. Rudes

Danielle S. Rudes

Associate Professor

Organizational change, community corrections (probation/parole), prisons, law & society, prisoner reentry, problem-solving courts, implementation studies, street-level bureaucrats, and qualitative methods

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. 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 15 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 Victims & Offenders and publishes regularly in journals such as Criminal Justice & Behavior, Federal Probation, Law & Policy, and Justice Quarterly. Dr. Rudes is also the 2012 winner of the Teaching Excellence Award and the 2015 Mentoring Excellence Award at George Mason University.

Current Research

The Prison Project (in collaboration with the PA-DOC)

The YOURS Project (Your Own Reentry System)

Maryland Department of Probation & Parole (MDPP)

Implementation, Translation and Dissemination of Evidence-Based Policy/Practice in Community Corrections (NIJ)

The Juvenile Justice Project

Selected Publications

Kras, Kimberly.R., Rudes, D.S. & Taxman, F.S. (In press). Managing Up and Down: Community Corrections Middle Managers Role Conflict and Ambiguity during Organizational Change. Journal of Crime and Justice.

Viglione, Jill, Danielle S. Rudes & Faye S. Taxman. 2015. Misalignment in Supervision: Implementation of Risk/Needs Instruments in Probation. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 42(3), 263-85.

Portillo, Shannon & Danielle S. Rudes. (2014). Constructions of justice at the street level. Annual Review of Law & Social Science, 10:321-34.

Portillo, Shannon, Danielle S. Rudes & Faye S. Taxman. 2014. Transportability of Contingency Management in Problem Solving Courts. Justice Quarterly, DOI 10.1080/07418825.2014.902490.

Rudes, Danielle S. 2012. Framing organizational reform: Misalignments and disputes among parole and union middle managers. Law & Policy, 34(1), 1-31.

Grants and Fellowships



NSF (with Jill Viglione)

Courses Taught

• Prisoner Reentry, 2014 • Justice Organizations, 2013-present • Directed Readings in Justice Organizations (2009-13) • Qualitative Research Methods, 2010 & 2013 • Conduct of Justice Organizations at the Street Level, 2009 • Community Corrections, 2014 • Honors Seminar (Prisoner Reentry), 2013-14 • Capstone in Criminology, Law & Society 2011-2013 • Experiencing the Criminal Justice System (special topic Drug Courts), 2010 & 2011 • Punishment & Corrections, 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012 • Violence, 2007 & 2008 • Deviance, 2007 & 2009


Ph.D., University of California, Irvine (Sociology)

Recent Presentations

Law & Society Association

American Society of Criminology

Stockholm Crime Symposium

In the Media

Quoted in U.S. News & World Report, April 2016, on what would happen to Hillary Clinton if she is indicted for email misuse and received probation as a President or Presidential Nominee. (Nelson, S.)

Quoted in The Washington Post, March 2016, regarding programs for formerly incarcerated adults. (Barnes, J.).

Quoted in the Richmond Times Dispatch, August 3, 2015, for an article about Virginia’s parole abolition and recidivism. (W. Fiske).

Radio interview with Virginia Talk Radio Network (WIQO), Lynchburg, VA regarding VA Parole Reform. July, 2015.

Dissertations Supervised

Jill Viglione, Bridging the Research/Practice Gap: Street-Level Decision Making and Historical Influences Related to Use of Evidence-Based Practices in Adult Probation (2015)