Molly Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She joined the faculty in the fall of 2016 after receiving her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. She also holds both a M.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.
Her research interests broadly relate to the study of sex crimes, with a specific focus on sexual assault on college campuses and the commercial sex trade. Her primary research goal is to add to the limited empirical understanding about sex traffickers and the men who purchase sex. In line with this goal, her dissertation examines how sex buyers’ age and stage in the life course influences their motivations for seeking out women who are prostituted on the street. She believes that understanding such motivations is key given that further research on the demand aspect of the commercial sex trade could generate new practices for handling the men who purchase sex; thus potentially limiting recidivism among this population and reducing future victimization among sex workers.
Molly’s research is forthcoming in Criminology and has been published in journals such as Criminal Justice and Behavior, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, International Criminal Justice Review, and Family and Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly. She is also a member of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
In addition to maintaining an active research agenda, Molly is wholly committed to teaching, student mentorship, and service to the university. In the past she has spearheaded the development of several organizations and programs dedicated towards increasing student involvement and interest within the field of criminal justice. She has also served on multiple university and department-level committees.
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