Allison Butterfield

Assistant Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

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I was fortunate to have a 14-year career in criminal justice and the human services. Now I'm lucky enough to teach about it."


Allison Butterfield joined Johnson & Wales as an assistant professor in the fall of 2019 after spending one year as a lecturer. She has eight years of prior experience as an adjunct instructor (both full- and part-time) at universities in Minnesota and Massachusetts. She was also a doctoral teaching fellow for three years at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Prior to entering academia, Butterfield had a fulfilling career working in both criminal justice and the human services. After completing her bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1998, she started her professional career working in an institutional setting with severely emotionally disturbed adolescents. She worked in that capacity for two years prior to entering graduate school.

From 2000 to 2002, Butterfield earned double master's degrees in Social Work and Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany. Shortly after graduation, she was hired as a Juvenile Counselor in Clackamas, Oregon. For the next seven years, Butterfield worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer in addition to pursuing certification as an addictions specialist. She received numerous state certifications to assess, diagnose and treat both juveniles and adults with chemical dependency issues. She also worked part-time at a treatment counselor at an outpatient clinic for adults with DUIs.

In 2009, Butterfield returned to Massachusetts where she spent the next three years working in addictions and mental health before starting her doctoral program at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She is currently working on her dissertation and anticipated graduation in May 2021.

Research Interests

  • Community Corrections
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Addiction and Crime
  • Special Needs Inmate Populations
  • Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Approaches


  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
  • American Society of Criminology (ASC)
  • International Community Corrections Association (ICCA)

Courses Taught

  • CJS1002: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJS1070: Criminal Courts
  • CJS1090: Law Enforcement
  • CJS2040: Corrections
  • CJS2050: Criminology
  • CJS2150: Criminal Justice Ethics
  • CJS3450: Comparative Criminal Justice
  • CJS3850: Homeland Security
  • CJS4030: Criminal Justice Research Methods