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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Sociology & Criminology


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Jennifer Karas

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Jennifer Karas

Teaching Associate Professor, Sociology & Criminology
Vice Provost for Academic Programs
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (303) 871-6793




areas of expertise/research interests

Race and ethnic relations; immigration; gender and life course; stratification


Dr. Karas joined the University of Denver as a lecturer in sociology in 1995, and was appointed to the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences dean's office in 2001, first as an assistant dean and then later promoted to associate dean. She joined the Office of the Provost in 2006 as an assistant provost, was promoted to associate provost in 2011, and most recently to Vice Provost for Academic Programs 

In her position in the provost's office, Dr. Karas oversees many high impact curricular and co-curricular programs that have the potential to reach all undergraduate students across the campus. Additionally, Dr. Karas oversees the Undergraduate Common Curriculum and serves as the University liaison to this region's accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission.

Dr. Karas earned her PhD in Sociology from Cornell University in 1999. She is a scholar of the sociology of immigration and ethnic group socioeconomic inequality. She is the author of Bridges and Barriers: Earning and Occupational Attainment Among Immigrants. She has most recently taught the course "Self as Leader" with the Pioneer Leadership Program. Her areas of academic interest include: Inequality and Social Change; Immigration; Racial and Ethnic Relations; Lifecourse and Transition to Adulthood; Gender and Family.


PhD   Sociology, Cornell University
MA    Sociology, Cornell University
BA     Sociology, Franklin & Marshall College