Brittany Ripper

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Academic Credentials
B.S., George Mason University
J.D., George Mason University
Ph.D., American University

Brittany Ripper, J.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and a Research Fellow at the Center for Professional Ethics and Social Responsibility. Her experience with justice-involved family members and previous work as a criminal defense attorney serves as a lens for her teaching and research.

In 2022, Dr. Ripper received the College of Sciences and Humanities Early Career Faculty Award.

Teaching Area
Dr. Ripper has taught a range of law and justice courses. At Marymount, she teaches the Criminal Justice System, Deviant Behavior, and Juvenile Justice.

Research Interests
Dr. Ripper’s research focuses on reentry after incarceration, life sentences, death sentences, and education behind bars.

Ripper, B. (2023). Flyers, fighters, and freezers: How formerly incarcerated women coped with reentry and the job search during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 62(3), 137-156.

Ripper, B., (2020, September). The applicability of Miller v. Alabama to all juvenile life without parole sentences. BleakHouse Publishing Website.

Ripper, B., (2020, July). Juvenile life sentences, adjustment, and rehabilitation. BleakHouse Publishing Website.

Ripper, B., & Johnson, R. (2019). Livable term sentences as alternatives to juvenile life without parole: A sentencing framework based on United States v. Grant. Journal of Criminal Justice and Law, 3(1), 58-74.