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About Ami Stearns, Ph.D.

Ami Stearns is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She serves as Graduate Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Criminal Justice.


Dr. Stearns’ research examines the lived experiences of incarcerated women, especially intersections of identity and voice. Her passion for poetry and fiction extends to populations behind bars, where she leads classes in slam poetry and short story writing.


Past work in peer-reviewed journals includes a study of Charles Dickens’ writings within a Marxist framework and a rhetorical, gendered examination of the speeches of birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger. Examples of current manuscripts in production are a study of dessert-making inside jail, a pilot project promoting hope at a local jail, and an exploration of substance abuse treatment experiences. Dr. Stearns is currently conducting a university-wide survey on attitudes toward concealed carry on UL’s campus.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice