areas of expertise/research interests
Sociological theory; social and institutional change; social control; juvenile justice; the self; society and nature
Paul Colomy teaches several courses at DU, including Sociological Classics; Self and Society; Kids and Courts; Understanding Social Life; American Youth Violence; and Society, Nature and Animals.
He was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University from 1982-1983, and taught at the University of Akron before coming to the University of Denver in 1987.
Colomy served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at DU from 2000-2006.
PhD Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1982
MA Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1978
BA Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1974
The Dynamics of Social Systems, Editor, Sage International.
Differentiation Theory and Social Change, Co-editor (with Jeffrey Alexander), Columbia University Press.
"A Bridge Over Troubled Water: Reengaging Dropouts at an Alternative Christian High School" (co-authored with Robert Granfield). Sociological Focus 43(4):287-310.
"Losing Samson: Nature, Crime, and Boundaries" (co-authored with Robert Granfield). The Sociological Quarterly 51(3):355-383.
"Neofunctionalism and Neoinstitutionalism: Human Agency and Interest in Institutional Change." Sociological Forum 13:265-300.
"Projects and Institution Building: Judge Ben B. Lindsey and the Juvenile Court" (with Martin Kretzmann). Social Problems 42:191-215.
"Making Youth Violence Visible: The News Media and the Summer of Violence" (with Laura Ross Greiner). Denver University Law Review 77:661-688.