Contact & Location


The Department of
Sociology & Anthropology

Physical Address:
Phinney Hall 101
PHONE: (208) 885-6751
FAX: (208) 885-2034
E-MAIL: socanth@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Department of
Sociology & Anthropology
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1110
Moscow, ID 83844-1110

Melanie-Angela Neuilly

Melanie-Angela Neuilly, Ph.D.

Office: Phinney 314
Phone: 208-885-4489
Email: mneuilly@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of Sociology and Anthropology- University of Idaho
Campus Box 1110
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1110

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Assistant Professor

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2006

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Criminology, Homicide, violent deaths, violence, comparative methods
  • Biography
    Born and raised in France, Melanie-Angela started out as a Psychology major at the Western Catholic University in Angers, France, then went on to study Criminology from a psychological perspective at the University of Rennes, France where she obtained her Ph.D. in 2008. Along the way, she moved to New Jersey to attend Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, where she obtained her Ph.D. in 2007.  She is most interested in understanding how medico-legal practices affect the process of determining whether deaths are criminal and these practices' impact at the international level.  She is currently working on two regional projects aiming at enlarging her understanding of death certification historically and geographically. These projects, along with research she conducted for her dissertation will be integrated in a larger book proposal on the social construction of death.
  • Selected Publications
    • Using a Comparative Framework to Understand Violence as a Social Construct. Article selected for special issue of Victims and Offenders on Cross-National Research guest-edited by Veronique Jaquier and Bonnie Fisher, forthcoming 2011.
    • Criminal Personality Traits; Theory and Practice of the Criminal Choice; Public Opinion and Crime.  Chapters in Martine Herzog-Evans (Ed). Transnational Criminology Manual. Olsterwjick, The Netherland: Wolf Legal Publishers. Forthcoming 2011.
    • International Drug Trafficking. Chapter in Sesha Kethineni (Ed). Comparative and International Policing, Justice, and Transnational Crime. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.
    • When Murder Is Not Enough: Toward a New Definition of Community Violence. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 2007, 12 (5), 598-610.
    • The Pedophilia Panic in France and in the United States. Victims and Officers, A Journal of Evidence-Based Policies and Practices, 2006, 1 (3), 225-254, with Kristen M. Zgoba.
  • Research Projects
    • Do Dead People Speak Different Languages, Field research conducted at the Ada County Coroner's Office during the summer 2010.  The research project aims at improving understanding of the impact of medico-legal practices on mortality statistics at the local, regional, national, and international level.  The Ada County Coroner's Office is the third case in an expending multiple case-study (other cases include a regional medical examiner's office in a metropolitan area in the northeast of the U.S., and the medico-legal institute in Rennes, France).
    • Violent Roots: Assessing the Level of Lethal Violence in the Inland Northwest during Early Statehood Period, archival research conducted during the summer 2010. The research project aims at historically contextualizing medico-legal practices at the regional level.  This project was funded through a John Calhoun Smith Memorial Fund Grant.