Criminal Justice Studies — Legal Studies — Sociology
Kimberly  Richman

Kimberly Richman

Associate Professor

Kimberly Richman received her B.A. at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine, where she also completed a Graduate Emphasis in Women's Studies. She currently teaches Criminology; Sociology of Law; and Deviance and Social Control; and will teach U.S. Inequalities and Social Justice and Gender, Sexuality, and Law in the future.


Her research interests include gender, sexuality, and law; crime, law, and the social construction of "deviance"; family law; legal consciousness; court processes; and reintegrative programming for prison inmates. She is the author of the award winning book Courting Change (NYU Press) and multiple articles and book chapters on the topic of child custody and adoption for gay and lesbian parents, in which she investigates the negotiation of sexual and parental identity in family court, the problematic deployment of rights discourses in the LGBT family law context, and the development of expanded legal definitions of family over time. These articles appear in Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Law & Sexuality, and in the edited volume, The New Civil Rights Research. She is also the author of two articles on domestic violence, appearing in Sociological Inquiry and Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, and co-author of a book chapter on anti-gay violence (with Valerie Jenness) in the Handbook of Lesbian and Gay Studies


Her current research analyzes variation in legal consciousness regarding same sex marriage through interviews with gay and lesbian couples in San Francisco and Massachusetts, appearing in the USF Law Review. In addition, she is a sponsor and President of the Board of Directors for the San Quentin Alliance for C.H.A.N.G.E., a non-profit and inmate-led rehabilitative and community service program at San Quentin State Prison.


Ph.D., University of California, Irvine


Office hours will resume in Fall 2015