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Department of Sociology & Criminology


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Lisa J. Pasko

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Lisa J. Pasko

Associate Professor
Sturm Hall 441
Phone: 303-871-2049
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areas of expertise/research interests

Criminology; Female Offenders; Juvenile Delinquency; Justice; Punishment; Sexualities 

professional biography

Lisa J. Pasko's primary research and teaching interests include criminology, the female offender, delinquency and the juvenile justice system, sexualities, and punishment. Her dissertation examined juvenile delinquency and justice in Hawaii, with particular attention on the differential impacts institutional policies and decision-making have on boys and girls. Recently finishing a Colorado Division of Criminal Justice funded grant entitled "In and Out of the System: Understanding and Addressing the Female Juvenile Offender in Colorado," Dr. Pasko's current research examines correctional attitudes about girls, sexual behavior, and sexual minority status. As a public sociologist, she is also a board member for the Colorado Coalition for Girls and is performing an on-going evaluation of InterCept, a girl offender intervention program in Colorado Springs, CO. She is co-author of The Female Offender: Girls, Women, and Crime and other articles that explore issues of girls and juvenile justice. Dr. Pasko's courses include Criminology, Discipline and Punishment, the Female Offender, Masculinities, and Murder in America.


PhD   Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2006
MA    Sociology, University of Nevada, Reno, 1997
BA     Political Science, University of Nevada, Reno, 1994

selected publications

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