Melissa Hamilton

Dr Melissa Hamilton

Reader in Law and Criminal Justice
+44 (0)1483 682827
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Research interests

Interdisciplinary research on issues related to domestic and sexual violence, trauma responses in victims of assault, risk assessment practices, policing, sentencing, and corrections.


Criminal Justice

Domestic Violence & the Law


State Bar of Texas

American Psychological Association

American Psychology-Law Association

Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

International Corrections and Prisons Association

Risk Assessment Task Force, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Royal Statistical Society

My publications


Hamilton Melissa (2015)Adventures in risk: Predicting Violent and Sexual Recidivism in Sentencing Law, In: Arizona State Law Journal47(1)pp. 1-62 Arizona State University College of Law
Hamilton Melissa (2015)Risk-needs assessment: constitutional and ethical challenges, In: American Criminal Law Review52pp. 231-291 American Criminal Law Review
Hamilton Melissa (2016)Extreme prison sentences: Legal and normative consequences, In: Cardozo Law Review38(1)pp. 59-120 Yeshiva University
Hamilton Melissa (2017)Constitutional law and the role of scientific evidence: the transformative potential of Doe v. Snyder, In: Boston College Law Review E Supp.58(E Supp) Boston College
Hamilton Melissa (2014)McSentencing: Mass Federal Sentencing and the Law of Unintended Consequences, In: Cardozo Law Review35(6)pp. 2199-2262 Yeshiva University
Hamilton Melissa (2017)Excessive lethal force, In: Northwestern University Law Review111(4)pp. 155-171
Hamilton Melissa (2010)Judicial discourses on women's agency in violent relationships: Cases from California, In: Women's Studies International Forum33(6)pp. 570-578 Elsevier
Hamilton Melissa (2018)A THREAT ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK FOR LONE-ACTOR TERRORISTS, In: Florida Law Review70(6)pp. 1319-1356 University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Hamilton Melissa THE BIASED ALGORITHM: EVIDENCE OF DISPARATE IMPACT ON HISPANICS, In: American Criminal Law Review56(4) Georgetown University Law Center
Hamilton Melissa (2011)Reinvigorating Actus Reus:The Case for Involuntary Actions by Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, In: Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law16(2)pp. 340-390 Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law
Hamilton Melissa (2017)Briefing the Supreme Court: promoting science or myth?, In: Emory Law Journal Online67pp. 2021-2043 Emory Law Journal
Hamilton Melissa (2019)Debating Algorithmic Fairness, In: UC Davis Law Review Online52(4)pp. 261-296 University of California - Davis
Hamilton Melissa (2016)Some facts about life: The law, theory, and practice of life sentences., In: Lewis & Clark Law Review20(3)pp. 803-855 Lewis & Clark Law School
Hamilton Melissa The sexist algorithm, In: Behavioral Sciences & the Law37(2)pp. 145-157 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Hamilton Melissa (2012)The child pornography crusade and its net-widening effect, In: Cardozo Law Review33(4)pp. 1679-1732 Yeshiva University
Hamilton Melissa (2013)Adjudicating Sex Crimes as Mental Disease, In: Pace Law Review33(2)pp. 536-599 Pace University School of Law
Hamilton Melissa (2011)The Efficacy of Severe Child Pornography Sentencing: Empirical Validity or Political Rhetoric?, In: Stanford Law & Policy Review22(2)pp. 545-586 Stanford Law School
Hamilton Melissa The reliability of assault victims' immediate accounts: evidence from trauma studies, In: Stanford Law & Policy Review26(1)pp. 269-306 Stanford Law School
Hamilton Melissa (2016)Political and Empirical Controversies Threaten the Federal Child Pornography Guidelines, In: Hessick CB (eds.), Refining Child Pornography Law: Crime, Language, and Social Consequencespp. 261-283 University of Michigan Press
Hamilton Melissa (2014)Sentencing Policy Disputes (Editorial Introduction), In: Criminology & Public Policy13(2)pp. 237-240 Wiley
Hamilton Melissa (2016)Police robots and the law, In: Westlaw Journal Computer & Internet34(5)pp. 3-5 Thompson Reuters
Hamilton Melissa, Worthen MGF (2010)Sex Disparities in Arrest Outcomes for Domestic Violence, In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence26(8)pp. 1559-1578 Sage
Hamilton Melissa (2014)Prison-by-default: challenging the federal sentencing policy's presumption of incarceration, In: Houston Law Review51(5)pp. 1271-1334 Houston Law Review
Hamilton Melissa (2017)Sentencing Disparities, In: British Journal of American Legal Studies6(2)pp. 179-224 De Gruyter Open