Dr. Donahue earned her Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she graduated with highest honors. Her areas of expertise and interest include the Law, Criminology, Statistics, Law of the Sea, and Urban Issues. Within criminology, she focuses on white collar crime, Constitutional law, and the criminal courts. Her field research has taken her to Ireland, Geneva, and West Africa. She has taught courses in London and Paris.
Her current research interest is the history of the law of the sea. Most of her work on ocean law was completed at the United Nations Office, in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, which is the world repository for international law of the sea materials.
She presented a paper on the law of the sea at the Law and Society Association conference in Berlin, Germany, summer of 2007. The title of the paper was “The Law of the Sea, 1800 to 1930: The Effects of the Second Billion People Added to the Planet.” In summer 2011, she presented a paper on the law of the sea at the Law and Society Association conference in San Francisco, California. The title of this paper was, “The Law of the Sea: Early History. The Effects of the First Billion People Added to the Planet.” In June of 2012, she presented a paper on the demographics of ocean law at the Law and Society Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Dr. Donahue completed most of her ocean law research aboard their boat docked in a Newport Beach marina. Her latest passion is writing mystery/thrillers, and she recently published Christmas in Paris, Assassin in Monte Carlo, Monaco, Cliffs of Portofino, Murder on the Isle of Capri, Italy, The Girl on the Yacht, and Murder under the Bridges of Venice.