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Dawn Couture

Associate Professor and Associate Chair

Criminal Justice and Law & Society


J.D., New England School of Law
Graduate Certificate Forensic Criminology, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston, Law and Politics




Criminal Justice , Politics & Hisory

Dawn Titus Couture brings more than two decades of college teaching and professional experience in law, government and criminal justice to share with students in the Criminal Justice and Law & Society programs.

Professor Couture’s professional experience includes serving as an Assistant District Attorney (Norfolk County, Massachusetts) where she was responsible for prosecuting district court cases, primarily domestic violence and sexual assault crimes. She also served as Executive Director of the Norfolk District Attorney’s Education & Outreach Services Unit responsible for crime and violence prevention, education and intervention programs and services.

She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, is an Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Academic Certification Reviewer (associate’s degree programs) and a former member of the ACJS Assessment Committee. She has been a regular presenter at and active in the New England Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS). She is a founding member and former officer of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Justice Education (MACJE).

Professor Couture encourage students to develop a constructively critical view of our American justice system. She says, “As an attorney, criminal justice Professional (former prosecutor) and Professor, my passion is to engage students in critically examining bias, prejudice, discrimination, inequality and injustice in our justice systems and processes.”

Professor Couture shares her passion for learning, humor, honesty, compassion, integrity and high standards with her students. She remarks, “I try to create a learning environment that helps students stretch and grow, to meet each student where he or she is and to help each student experience the pride and rewards of working hard to become the best she or he can possibly be! ”

Professor Couture’s research interests are in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention, criminal procedure, criminal law and criminal justice education.

She has taught courses in government/political science, law, criminal justice and criminology, including Honors Colloquia courses—Unequal Justice: Race, Gender, Class and the Law; Politics, Power and Corruption; and The First Amendment and Protests: Power, Peril and Progress. At Mount Ida, Professor Couture is teaching Criminology, Corrections, Criminal Sex Offenders, the Criminal Justice externship seminar, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law.

My goal is for students to develop a true understanding of the essential values of justice for all.