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Miriam W Boeri

Associate Professor, Sociology
Ph.D., Georgia State University
Office: Morison Hall 149A | 781.891._2438 | mboeri@bentley.edu
Department Phone: 781.891._2056 | Department Fax: 781.891.3410
                       


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Bio

Miriam Boeri is an Associate Professor of Sociology. Her research focuses on ethnographic studies of drug user populations and alternatives to incarceration. She has received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an agency in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Findings from her studies were reported in numerous conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Her book on women who use methamphetamine describes how addiction intersects with social roles, relationships, and political trends, and proposes what can be done to reduce the problematic use of drugs. Two of her articles were reprinted in anthologies of drugs in American society, and she contributed a chapter to an international handbook on qualitative research in criminology. Through her research, Boeri aims to reduce the adverse health effects associated with drug use and the harmful social effects on drug users through a better, more holistic understanding of drug use and the impact of drug policy.

Teaching Interests

Boeri has taught the following courses using traditional face-to-face formats as well as hybrid and online delivery: Introduction to Sociology; Perspectives in Sociology; Social Problems; Social Science Research Methods; Qualitative Research Methods; Writing for Academic Journals; Alcohol, Drugs and Society; Deviance and Social Control; Religion and Society; Social Justice and Global Policy (Honor’s course); Comparative Social Policy (Study Abroad Course); Media, Culture and Society, Health, Illness, and Everyday Life.

Research Interests

Boeri is currently working with her colleagues at Bentley to study the impact of medical marijuana dispensaries on communities and key community stakeholders as new dispensaries open in Massachusetts. She is interested in using mixed-methods of data collection and analysis to conduct research on hidden populations employing the theoretical frameworks of symbolic interaction, life course, social capital, interaction ritual chains, and political economy. She is also involved with community partners to implement best-practices in drug treatment, alternatives to incarceration, and programs for the homeless.

Consulting/Practice Interests

Boeri has worked with drug courts to implement her program called the "Social Recovery Initiative" (SRI), based on social capital theory. The SRI focuses on the social context of individuals with problematic drug use instead of attempting to reduce drug use without adequately addressing environmental factors. The SRI bridges individuals with new networks and communities. She has served on the board of the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition for three years and helped with grant writing and fund-raising events. She currently serves on the board of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology and the Commission on the Accreditation of Program in Applied and Clinical Sociology (CAPACS). Boeri has been a grant reviewer for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Fulbright Scholar reviewer, and is a reviewer for numerous professional journals in the social sciences and public health.

Professional Memberships

Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology
Eastern Sociological Association
Society for the Study of Social Problems
American Sociological Association
Society for Applied Anthropology

Awards and Honors

2014, Review of my book in, Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews
2014, Review of my book, Journal of Criminal Justice Education
2014, Review of my book in, Gender & Society
2013, Review of my book, Theory in Action Journal
2013, Review of my book in, Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology
2013, Faculty Development Grant, FACULTY AFFAIRS (FAC)
2013, Student Research Assistantships, Valente Center
2013, Outstanding Academic Title 2013, Choice Reviews
2013, Review of my book in, Journal of Applied and Social Sciences
2012, Sociologist of the Year, Georgia Sociological Association
2011, Faculty Member of The Year Award, Kennesaw State University
2010, Research Scholar “Diamond Star” Award, Dept. of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Kennesaw State University
2009, "When in Need, Generous Support" (WINGS), Kennesaw State University
2009, Mentor of Undergraduate Scholars of Research and Creative Activity, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Kennesaw State University
2008, Phenomenal Woman Award in Character, Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character
2002, Peter K. New Award, , The Society for Applied Anthropology
2000, Graduate Student Paper Award, Southern Gerontological Society
1998, Phi Kappa Phi , National Honor Society

Publications

Journal Article(s)
Lamonica, A., Boeri, M. W. Risk Behaviors Among Women who Use Methamphetamine: Social Harms and Social Solutions. Journal of Applied Social Science. Forthcoming

Boeri, M. W., Gibson, D., Boshears, P., , . (2014). Conceptualizing Social Recovery: Recovery Routes of Methamphetamine Users . Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology, 2 (1), 5-38. (link)

Bairan, A., Boeri, M. W., Morian, J. (2014). Methamphetamine Use Among Suburban Women: Implications for Nurse Practitioners. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Whalen, T., Boeri, M. W. (2014). Measuring Discontinuity in Binary Longitudinal Data: Applications to Drug Use Trajectories. Sociological Methods and Research, 43 (2), 248-279. (link)

Woodall, D., Boeri, M. W. (2014). "When You Got Friends in Low Places, You Stay Low:” Social Networks and Access to Resources for Female Methamphetamine Users in Low-Income Suburban Communities. Journal of Drug Issues, 44 (3), 320-338.

Ballard, E., Boeri, M. W., Lepadatu, D. (2013). Incorporating Ethics Holistically: A Case Study of Research Methods Courses for Undergraduates. Journal of Public and Professional Sociology, 5 (2). (link)

Boeri, M. W., Tyndall, B. (2012). A Contextual Comparison of Risk Behaviors Among Older Adult Drug Users and Harm Reduction in Suburban Versus Inner-City Social Environments. Journal of Applied Social Science , 1 (6), 72-91. (link)

Lamonica, A., Boeri, M. W. (2012). An Exploration of the Relationship between the Use of Methamphetamine and Prescription Drugs. The Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research (6), 160-174. (link)

Boeri, M. W., Tyndall, B., Woodall, D. (2011). Suburban Poverty: Barriers to Services and Injury Prevention among Marginalized Women who Use Methamphetamine. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine , 3 (12), 275-283. (link)

Boeri, M. W., Lamonica, A., Harbry, L. (2011). Social Recovery, Social Capital, and Drug Courts. Practicing Anthropology , 1 (33), 8-13.

Boeri, M. W., Whalen, T., Tyndall, B., Ballard, E. (2011). Drug Use Trajectory Patterns among Older Drug Users. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation (2), 89-102. (link)

Boshears, P., Boeri, M. W., Harbry, L. (2011). Addiction Discourse and Sociality: Perspectives from Methamphetamine Users in Suburban USA. Addiction Research & Theory, 4 (19), 289-301. (link)

Boeri, M. W., Gibson, D., Harbry, L. (2009). Cold Cook Methods: An Ethnographic Exploration on the Myths of Methamphetamine Production and Policy Implications. International Journal of Drug Policy (20), 438-443. (link)

Boeri, M. W., Harbry, L., Gibson, D. (2009). A Qualitative Exploration of Trajectories among Suburban Users of Methamphetamine. Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research (3), 139-151. (link)

Boeri, M. W., Sterk, C., Elifson, K. (2008). Reconceptualizing Early- and Late-Onset: A Life Course Analysis of Older Heroin Users.. The Gerontologist (38), 637-645. (link)

Boeri, M. W., Sterk, C., Bahora, M., Elifson, K. (2008). Polydrug Use among Ecstasy Users: Separate, Synergistic and Indiscriminate Patterns. Journal of Drug Issues , 2 (38), 517-542. (link)

Boeri, M. W. (2007). A Third Model of Triangulation: Continuing the Dialogue with Rhineberger, Hartmann and Van Valey. Journal of Applied Social Science (1), 52-48.

Boeri, M. W., Sterk, C., Elifson, K. (2006). Baby Boomer Drug Users: Career Phases, Social Control and Social Learning Theor. Sociological Inquiry , 2 (76), 264-291.

Boeri, M. W., Sterk, C., Elifson, K. (2005). Rolling Beyond Raves: Ecstasy Use Outside the Rave Setting. Journal of Drug Issues , 4 (34), 831-860.

Boeri, M. W. (2004). 'Hell I’m an Addict, but I Ain’t No Junkie:' An Ethnographic Analysis of Aging Heroin Users. Human Organization , 2 (63), 236-245.

Boeri, M. W. (2002). Women After the Utopia: The Gendered Lives of Former Cult Members. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography , 3 (31), 323-360.

Boeri, M. W., Baunach, D. (2001). The Effects of Education on Retirement: A Continuity Perspective. The Southwest Journal on Aging .

Books
Boeri, M. W. (2013). Women on Ice: Methamphetamine Use among Suburban Women. Rutgers University Press.

Book Chapters
Boeri, M. W, Lamonica, A. Sampling Designs and Issues in Qualitative Criminology. In Heith Copes and J. Mitchell Miller (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Criminology. Oxford, UK: . Routledge

Boeri, M. W, Sterk, C, Bahora, M, Elifson, K. (2014). Poly-Drug Use Among Ecstasy Users: Separate, Synergistic, and Indiscriminate Patterns. Reprint. In James Inciardi and Karen McElrath (Eds.), The American Drug Scene: An Anthology (7th edition ed.). NY, NY: . Oxford University Press

Boeri, M. W, Harbry, L, Gibson, D, , . (2014). A Qualitative Exploration of Trajectories among Suburban Users of Methamphetamine. Reprint. In James Inciardi and Karen McElrath (Eds.), The American Drug Scene: An Anthology (7th edition ed.). NY, NY: . Oxford University Press

Boeri, M. W, Sterk, C, Elifson, K. (2012). Baby Boomer Drug Users: Career Phases, Identity, Self-Concept, and Social Control. Reprint. In Patricia Adler, Peter Adler and Patrick O'Brien (Eds.), Drugs and the American Dream

Boeri, M. W. (2008). Research Methods Addendum. In Melvyn Fein (Eds.), Peoplization: An Introduction to Social Life. Kendell Hunt

Conference Presentations

Boeri, M. W., Lamonica, A., . (2015). "The Social Construction of Marijuana as Medicine." Presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology's Annual Conference Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Boeri, M. W. (2014). "Visualizing the probabilities of future trajectories conditional on past trajectory: A “big data” analytical approach with practical applications for addressing societal problems." Presented at the Bentley Research Council's Bentley Research Colloquium , Bentley University.

Clifford, B., Boeri, M. W. (2014). "From Narcotics to Narcon and Injection to InSite." Presented at the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology's Annual Conference Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Boeri, M. W. (2014). "Judith Little Problem Solving Competition." Presented at the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology's Annual Conference Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Boeri, M. W., Lamonica, A., Anderson, W. (2014). "Medical Marijuana Policy in Massachusetts: The need for transparency, communication and education." Presented at the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology's Annual Conference Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Boeri, M. W., Anderson, W. (2014). "The Impact of Medical Marijuana on Communities in Massachusetts." Presented at the The Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting 's Annual Conference Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Lamonica, A., Boeri, M. W. (2014). "Marginalized Workers: Drug Using Women and their Struggles in the Workforce,." Presented at the The Society for the Study of Social Problems 's Annual Conference Meeting, San Francisco CA.

Lamonica, A., Boeri, M. W. (2014). "Social Determinants of Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse: A Focus on College Students." Presented at the The Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting 's Annual Conference Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Boeri, M. W., Anderson, W., . (2014). "Medical Marijuana Dispensaries." Presented at the Eastern Sociological Society 's Annual Conference Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland. .

Boeri, M. W. (2013). "Author Meets Critics: “Women on Ice: Methamphetamine Use among Suburban Women.”." Presented at the American Society of Criminology 's Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Boeri, M. W. (2013). "Addiction Models and the DSM: Is it Time for a New Social Construction?" Presented at the Society for the Study of Social Problems 's Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Boeri, M. W. (2013). "Drug User Culture Under the Lens of Interaction Ritual Chains Theory." Presented at the Society for the Study of Social Problems 's Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Boeri, M. W. (2013). "If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them: Bringing Social Capital Theory to Drug Courts." Presented at the Society for the Study of Social Problems 's Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Service

Department Service
Course Coordinator for Sociology Minors Coordinator, 2014 - Present
Department Faculty Representative to Majors and Minors Fair - 2014
Department Faculty Representative to Open House - 2014
Department Faculty Representative to Open House - 2013

Professional Service
Commissioner/Board Member for Commission on the Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology (CAPACS), 2014
Judith Little Problem Solving Competition Coordinator for Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, 2014
Editor (Associate), Journal for Journal of Applied Social Science, 2014 - Present
At-large board member for Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, 2012 - 2014
Reviewer, Journal Article for Addiction - 2014
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Applied and Clinical Sociology - 2014
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Applied and Clinical Sociology - 2014
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Drug Issues - 2014
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Drug Issues - 2014
Reviewer, Journal Article for International Journal of Drug Policy - 2013
Reviewer, Journal Article for Gender & Society - 2013
Reviewer, Journal Article for Substance Use and Misuse, 2013 - 2013
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Applied and Clinical Sociology - 2013
Reviewer, Book for New York University Press - 2013
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Applied and Clinical Sociology - 2013