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Faculty Spotlight

Jared Del Rosso researches torture

Since 2007, Jared Del Rosso has studied the U.S. debates about detainee abuse, torture, and interrogation policy. To understand this debate, Professor Del Rosso analyzed over 40 transcripts of congressional hearings on these issues. Through this analysis, Professor Del Rosso documented a fundamental change in the ways that U.S. politicians spoke about torture.  More...

Video of Jared Del Rosso explaining his research and how he integrates it into the classroom: 

See also: October 2015 story in University of Denver Magazine: "Sociology professor's new book explores torture debate"

Spring 2018 Events

May 2018 Dine and Dialogue dinner

Dine and Dialogue: "Leveraging your Sociology/Criminology Degree." The Department of Sociology & Criminology recently sponsored an event to help students who are wondering what to do with their degrees before and after graduation. Becca Bolden (BA 2011; MSW 2012; Program Director at Boys and Girls Club of Colorado) and Leslie Mongin (BA 2006; Program Coordinator for Refugee Community Engagement in the Denver Police Department) spoke with students about how they leveraged their sociology degrees and training on the job market. The conversation was followed by dinner at Spanky's Urban Roadhouse. [Thanks to the AHSS Dean's Office for helping coordinate this event!]

Gary Alan Fine lecturing Dr. Gary Alan Fine, distinguished faculty in Sociology at Northwestern University, presented a Marsico lecture on Thursday, May 3, 2018, on "The Sociology of Fun." Professor Fine has a stellar national and international reputation for his outstanding scholarship, and has served as a Fellow or Visiting Faculty at premier institutions across the globe. Fine also spoke to faculty and students about rumor, one of his other streams of research. His work in this area has made a substantial contribution to the understanding of urban legends, how rumors are transmitted, and the social consequences of legends and rumors. Dr. Fine's visit was co-sponsored by the Marsico Social Science Visiting Scholar Committee.

Dr. Hava Gordon presented an AHSS faculty lecture on Thursday, April 5, entitled, "This is Our School: How Racial and Class Inequalities Shape Movement Coalitions over Urban School Reform."  (event flyer)  

2016-17 EVENTS

The Department of Sociology and Criminology held its annual year-end recognition ceremony on Friday, June 9, 2017. At this ceremony, we formally initiated 8 students into Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the international sociology honor society [Savannah Barry, Nadine Cutler, Devin Dalager, Julie Gunderson, Ajelet Mor, Andrew Pham, Bela Schuler, Nathaniel Zeile]. We also recognized 4 students for completing the requirements for Distinction in the Major [Amanda Blue Gabriel-Debell (criminology), Kristen Kennedy (sociology), Ani Rshtouni (criminology), Bela Schuler (criminology)], as well as our 2017 departmental award winners [Bela Schuler--OMNI Award; Amanda Blue Gabriel-Debell--Key Award; and Kristen Kennedy--Moore Award]. The ceremony was followed by a luncheon with family, friends, and department faculty and staff.  [recognition photos and stories]

 2017 AKD initiates (Ajelet Mor, Bela Schuler, Savannah Barry, Nadine Cutler, Andrew Pham, Julie Gunderson, Nate Zeile, Devin Dalager)  2017 Department award winners: Bela Schuler, Kristen Kennedy, Amanda Blue Gabriel-Debell 

Lisa Martinez photoLisa Martinez was one of several faculty members taking part in a panel discussion entitled "Presidential Election 2016: What We Learned and What Comes Next" at Anderson Academic Commons on November 10, 2016. [This was a post-election panel and reception to recap the events leading up to the election and to discuss what we can expect in the months following the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, including lessons of the election, the roles race and religion played in people's vote choices and the changing demographic and legal environment in Colorado and in the nation at large.] (event flyer

Jared Del Rosso photo Jared Del Rosso presented "Talking about Torture: U.S. Politics and the Debate about 'Enhanced Interrogation'" as part of the AHSS Faculty Lecture Series, on Thursday, October 6. 



Sociology/Criminology Year-End Recognition Ceremony -- Friday, June 3, 2016

The Department of Sociology and Criminology ended another fantastic academic year by initiating new members into Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD)--the International Sociology Honor Society; recognizing this year's Sociology/Criminology thesis writers; and recognizing this year's award winners. More...

2016 AKD initiates

Sociology/Criminology Research Symposium -- Friday, May 6, 2016
Presentations by Sociology/Criminology/Socio-Legal Studies thesis students (more...)


Department archives of past news and events.


List of upcoming events, internship and job opportunities sent forward to us--for circulation to majors.