Amy B. Smoyer, PhD

Incarcerated Lives, Health & Social Work

Peer Reviewed Publications

Smoyer, A. B. (in press). Taking Social Work undergraduates inside: The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Journal of Social Work Education.

Keene, D., Smoyer, A.B., Blankenship, K. (2018). Stigma, housing and identity after prison. The Sociological Review, 66 (4), 799-815

Vanhouche, A., Smoyer, A. B., & Minke, L.K. (2018).  Couscous in Tilburg: Food narratives and the quality of prison life in a Belgian-Dutch prison.  Prison Service Journal, 238, 3-9.

Smoyer, A.B. (2017).  A woman doing life [Review of the book A Woman Doing Life: Notes from a Prison for Women, by E. George]. Affilia. doi: 10.1177/0886109917690850 

Breny, J, Lombardi, D., Madden, D. & Smoyer, A. (2017). Getting men to explore safer sex responsibility: The use of photovoice in health promotion research. SAGE Research Methods Cases: Health. London: Sage Publications.

Minke, L.K. & Smoyer, A.B. (2017).  Prison food in Denmark: Normal responsibility or ethnocentric imaginations? In P. S. Smith & T. Ugelvik (Eds.), Embraced by the Welfare State? Scandinavian Penal History, Culture, and Prison Practice. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.

Smoyer, A.B. & Lopes, G. (2016). Hungry on the inside: Food as concrete and symbolic punishment in a women’s prison.  Punishment & Society. doi:10.1177/1462474516665605

Smoyer, A.B., Kershaw, T.S., Blankenship, K.M. (2016). Confining legitimacy: The impact of prison experiences on perceptions of criminal justice legitimacy. Journal of Forensic Social Work. 5(1/3), 258-270. doi: 10.1080/1936928X.2015.1092905

Smoyer, A.B. (2016).  Being on the mat: A process evaluation of trauma-informed yoga for women with substance use disorders.  Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 43 (4), 61-83.

Smoyer, A.B. (2016).  Mapping prison foodways.  In C. Reeves (Ed.), Experiencing Imprisonment: Research on the Experience of Living and Working in Carceral Institutions (pp. 96-111). Oxford, UK: Routledge.

Smoyer, A. B. (2016, January 25). Nourish:  Thinking about Food in Prison.  Penal Reform International.  Guest blog. Available on-line at:

Smoyer, A.B. (2015).  It’s the Black girls that have the most’:  Foodways narratives and the construction of race in a women’s prison. Food & Foodways. 23, 273-285. doi: 10.1080/07409710.2015.1102480

Smoyer, A.B. & Minke, L.K. (2015).  Food Systems in Correctional Settings: A Literature Review and Case Study.  Copenhagen, DK: World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe. Available on-line at:

Smoyer, A.B. (2015).  Mapping prison foodways.  In C. Reeves (Ed.), Experiencing Imprisonment: Research on the Experience of Living and Working in Carceral Institutions. Oxford, UK: Routledge.

Smoyer, A. B. (2015). Making Fatty Girl cakes: Food and resistance in a women’s prison.  The Prison Journal, 1-19. doi: 10.1177/0032885515596520

Smoyer, A.B. (2015). Feeding relationships:  Food and social networks in a women’s prison.  Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 30(1), 26-39. doi: 10.1177/0886109914537490

Smoyer, A.B. (2014). Good & Healthy:  Foodways and construction of identity in a women’s prison. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 53 (5), 525-541.  doi: 10.1111/hojo.12097

Smoyer, A.B. and Blankenship, K.M.  (2014). Dealing Food: Female drug users’ narratives about food in a prison place and implications for their health. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25, 562-568.  doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2013.10.013

Smoyer, A.B., Rosenberg, A. & Blankenship, K.M.  (2014). Setting the stage: Creating safe and productive data collection sites for social science research.  Social Work Research, 38 (3), 178-183. doi: 10.1093/swr/svu019. 

Blankenship, K. M. & Smoyer, A. B. (2013).  Between spaces:  Understanding movement to and from prison as a HIV risk factor. In B. Sanders, Y. F. Thomas & B. G. Deeds (Eds.), Crime, HIV & Health:  Intersections of Criminal Justice and Public Health Concerns (pp. 207-221). New York:  Springer.

Smoyer, A.B., Blankenship, K.M., & Belt, B. (2009).  Compensation for incarcerated research subjects:  Diverse policies suggest research agenda.  American Journal of Public Health, 99 (10), 1746-1752. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2005.0110

Smoyer, A.B., Blankenship, K.M., & MacIntosh, T. (2009). Parenting on probation and parole. In R. Coles & C. Green (Eds.), The Myth of the Missing Black Father (pp. 299-326). New York: Columbia University Press.

Blankenship, KM & Smoyer A.B.  (2007) Prison, Re-Entry, and HIV Prevention.  Focus:  A Guide to AIDS Research and Counseling, 22: 5-6.

Blankenship, K.M., Smoyer, A.B., Bray, S.J., Mattocks, K.  (2005). Black-White disparities in HIV/AIDS: The role of drug policy and the corrections system.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 16, 140–156. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.148726