Marianne Fisher-Giorlando graduated the same year her eldest child graduated from high school. Inspired and encouraged by the Wright State faculty to pursue her Ph.D. in Sociology, Marianne was accepted at The Ohio State University where she pursued a degree in Sociology, first emphasizing Social Theory and then switching to Criminology.
Her first full-time job was in the Sociology Department in Cedar Falls , Iowa . Marianne then joined the Criminal Justice Department at Grambling State University . She has now been at Grambling for 20 years where she is a full professor responsible for the department's corrections courses. She served as coordinator for the department 2002-2003 and was acting head of the department from February through July 2005.
Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities recognizes Marianne as one of two Louisiana prison scholars in the state. She has consulted for various prison films, including The Green Mile, and is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Criminal Justice and reviews for Women and Criminal Justice , Sociological Spectrum , Louisiana History and Feminist Criminology . Her honors include the Lincoln Parish NAACP award for community activism, Who's Who Among America 's Teachers, 2004 and the Excellence in Research Award for 2002-2003.