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Department of Sociology & Criminology

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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"

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 (event flyer). 



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.