- Fulbright Award (1999)
Ellen Dwyer is a professor emerita of criminal justice and professor emerita of history in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU. She earned a B.A. from the College of New Rochelle in 1967, a M.Phil. from Yale University in 1970, and a Ph.D. in History from Yale in 1977. Dwyer joined IU's faculty in 1974 as an assistant professor of criminal justice and taught in the department up until her retirement in 2011. She also served as director of the Collins Living Learning Center and as an adjunct professor in American studies, gender studies, and history and philosophy of science at IU.
Throughout her research, Dwyer received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Epilepsy Foundation of America. In 1999, she received a Fulbright award to research in Romania. Dwyer's research focuses on the history of social control in the United States and the study of medical problems to which a social stigma has been attached, as well as the history of law in the United States, and the nature and causes of deviant behavior and the changing institutional responses to it over time. She is the author of Homes for the Mad and a number of articles, and also served as associate editor of the American Historical Review.