Francine Banner, Ph.D., J.D.

Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences; Professor of Sociology
Francine Banner
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
Behavioral Sciences
College-Wide Programs
Mondays from 9-11 am on Zoom and by appointment

Teaching Areas:

Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies, Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology, Women's & Gender Studies

Research Areas:

Gender, Law, Sexual Assault in Military, Sexual Assault in Social Media

Biography and Education

Dr. Banner is an Associate Professor in Sociology who also teaches in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Women’s and Gender Studies. She received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University, her law degree from the New York University School of Law, and her B.A. from Wellesley College. Before arriving at UM-Dearborn, Dr. Banner taught Criminal and Constitutional Law in Arizona.

Among Dr. Banner’s favorite courses to teach are Family Violence, Criminal Law, and the Inside-Out Prison Exchange. Her research focuses on gender, law, and conflict in many forms. She has written extensively about sexual assault in the military, and she currently is writing a book about discussions of sexual assault law on social media.

Selected Publications

Banner, Francine. 2016. “Honest Victim Scripting in the Twitterverse.” William and Mary Journal of Women & the Law, 22: 495-548

Banner, Francine. 2015. “Institutional Sexual Assault and the Rights/Trust Dilemma.”20 Cardozo Journal of Public Law, Policy & Ethics, 13: 99-172

Banner, Francine. 2013. “Immoral Waiver: Judicial Review of Intra-Military Sexual Assault Claims.” Lewis & Clark Law Review, 17: 724-787

Banner, Francine. 2012. “‘It’s Not All Flowers and Daisies’: Masculinity, Heteronormativity and the Obscuring of Lesbian Identity in the Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’.” Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, 24: 61-117

Awards and Recognition

UM-Dearborn Scholar Grant, 2017

Center for the Education of Women, Riecker Undergraduate Research Grant, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2016

Winner, American Association of Legal Scholars Section on Women in Legal Education New Voices in Gender Studies Competition, 2012

National Security Education Program David L. Boren Fellowship, 2008

Staff Editor, New York University Review of Law and Social Change, 1998-2000