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
4012 College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building | 4901 Evergreen Road | Dearborn, MI 48128

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

Francine Banner is Professor and Chair of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She is an attorney whose research explores the varied ways in which law interacts with everyday life. Her latest book, Beyond Complicity: Why We Blame Each Other Instead of Systems (UC Press, 2024), explores how individual cycles of shame and blame detract from institutional accountability and provides suggestions for working toward positive, systemic social change.

Selected Publications

Rusch, L. and Banner F. “‘Homeless Group Representation in Detroit’s Problem-Solving Court,” Law & Social Inquiry, published online December 2022.

Banner, F., Martin, L., Jaffal, I., Bradley, G., Aronson, P., and Linker, M., “Can Respectful Employees Create Equitable Institutions? Promoting A Culture of Respect in the Higher Education Workplace.” Feminist Criminology, published online December 30, 2021.

Banner, F. Crowdsourcing the Law: Trying Sexual Assault on Social Media, Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.

Banner, F. and Nicholas Paron. “’Hell Hath No Fury…’: Gendered Reactions to the Cosby Mistrial Across Liberal and Conservative News Media Sites.” In Ging and Siapera (Eds.), Gender Hate Online, Palgrave, 2019.