Tusty ten Bensel

Dr. Tusty ten-Bensel is an Assistant Professor. She received her B.A and M.A in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Over the past few years, Dr. ten Bensel has specifically focused on collective, political, and sexual violence in warring countries. This interest stemmed from her dissertation that examined the process by which sexual violence evolves from an individual behavior to a group level activity in Sierra Leone and Bosnia. She found that rape during war was not static. Offender motivations for sexual assaults were entangled with cultural, structural, and societal ideologies; however, violent behaviors were often manipulated by political leaders and were likely to evolve overtime. By examining sexual violence that occurs during political conflicts, Dr. ten Bensel was able to provide a more thorough understanding of this violent behavior; thus, enabling policy makers to develop strategies to prevent such crimes in the future. Dr. ten Bensel has now published a number of papers in this area and was invited to present my work at the Harvard Kennedy School based on her research.

Dr. ten Bensel research also includes examining sex offender behaviors, laws, and the process of understanding desistance among this offender population. Specifically, she is examining the role of formal and informal social control mechanisms play in preventing sexual re-offending and determine whether differences exist in the role social networks contribute in effecting behavior across different sex offender types. By examining the control mechanisms among sex offenders, we can explore differences that may occur in these relationships across sex offender crime type. If differences are identified, this can help criminal justice professionals and mental health providers tailor interventions and community reintegration approaches to individuals of various types of sex offending.

In addition, Dr. ten Bensel has been working on a number of mapping projects that focus on the impact of neighborhood characteristics and parole outcome, specifically on variations and impact of time using survival analysis, geospatial characteristics, and social service locations as it relates to parole revocation and recidivism. Currently, she is mapping locations of social services in Arkansas and Nebraska to examine the impact of social service locations and neighborhood characteristics on parole revocation. Dr. ten Bensel has published in scholarly journals such as Criminology, International Criminal Justice Review, Journal of Crime and Justice, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and Youth and Society. She is an active member of the American Society of Criminology and Academy of Criminal Justice Science. Dr. ten Bensel is also currently working on a number of state grants that focus on juvenile justice in Arkansas. Dr. ten-Bensel can be reached at (501) 683-7665 or ixzohra@ualr.edu Please click here to view Dr. ten Bensel’s Vita.