Dr. Tara Sutton

Dr. Tara Sutton

Tara Sutton 2022

Field(s) of expertise:


  • B.S., Psychology, University of Georgia
  • M.S., Human Development & Family Science, University of Georgia
  • Quantitative Methods Certificate, University of Georgia
  • Ph.D., Department of Sociology, University of Georgia


  • Assistant Professor


  • Early Career Gender Scholar Award, Sociologists for Women in Society - South, 2024
  • Emerging Scholar Award, Division on Queer Criminology, American Criminological Society, 2023
  • New Scholar Award, Division on Women & Crime, American Criminological Society, 2021
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Office of the Vice President for Instruction, University of Georgia, 2017




Tara E. Sutton, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Sociology, Gender Studies affiliate, and African American studies affiliate at Mississippi State University. Dr. Sutton's work on perpetration and victimization incorporates queer criminology and feminist criminology perspectives. Specifically, her research addresses child abuse, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and the cycle of violence, especially among LGBTQIA+ people, women, and Black youth.