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School of Education & Social Policy

Brittnie Aiello, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Ph.D., Sociology - University of Massachusetts
M.A., Sociology - University of Massachusetts
B.A., Sociology and Modern Languages - Eckerd College


Dr. Aiello began her career at Merrimack College in 2010. Her courses examine the role of race, class, and gender inequality in the criminal justice system. She also serves as the Department of Criminology’s Internship Coordinator.

Dr. Aiello’s research explores how women’s motherhood affects their incarceration experience. Specifically, she looks at how inmates’ motherhood serves as a tool of punishment and social control in jail. Dr. Aiello’s work has been published in the Women’s Studies International Forum and the Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology.



Austin Hall, 202A


  • Criminology
  • Race, Class, and Crime
  • Incarceration
  • Criminology Internship