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2018-19 In the news/Events

Year-end Award and Recognition Ceremony.
The Sociology/Criminology Department held its year-end Award and Recognition Ceremony on Friday, June 14. At the ceremony, 12 students were initiated into Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD)--the national honor society for sociology; in addition, we distributed certificates for students who attained "Distinction in Sociology and Criminology," and gave out our Moore, Key and OMNI Awards. The ceremony was followed by a sit-down luncheon here in Sturm Hall. The list of students honored can be found here.

Passionate Pre-Med Student Seeks Inspiration Wherever She Goes. "Dual-degree" doesn't quite cover undergraduate Natasha Hamilton's array of academic pursuits. in June 2019 she earned her BS in molecular biology with a cognitive neuroscience concentration and minors in chemistry and math, as well as a BA in sociology with a minor in psychology. And she still finds time to pursue passions in piano, cello, and Celtic harp! (read more…) 

From Watching Antenna TV to Producing the News, Chelsea Hernandez's path to journalism, and to her current position with Colorado Public Television (CPT12), was neither conventional nor easy. ( read more... )

Once homeless, sociology senior looks forward to putting her DU degree to work:A liberal arts education has helped Tiffany Christian discover her potential. Long before she took her first class at the University of Denver, Tiffany Christian lived a life that comes right out of her sociology textbooks. For years, she bounced around different schools, group homes and lock-down facilities. She slept on the streets, sought refuge in shelters and served some time in jail. “When I was 20,” she recalls, “I was convicted of a felony [related to receiving stolen property]. I was hanging out with the wrong people. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had no idea what the consequences were going to be.” The consequences were severe, but they weren’t defining. And to prove it, Christian, now 39, donned cap and gown and marched with the Class of 2019 at the undergraduate Commencement ceremony in June, when she claimed her bachelor’s degree in sociology, with a minor in communication. (read more…) 

The fall 2018 Sociology of Immigration class curated an exhibit entitled "Terms of Belonging: A Sociological Exploration of Immigration at DU" in mid-November as part of their final class project. The exhibit, which was located on the 2nd floor of Sturm Hall, next to the Student Study Suite, was a collaborative effort, along with University of Denver Museum of Anthropology (DUMA) graduate students and Special Collections & Archives at the University Libraries. Through personal accounts, articles from the student newspaper and documents from organizations and offices from DU's past and present, this exhibit reflects on the ways belonging results from the DU community's everyday practices. (Belonging comes in the immigration stories we live, embrace, and help narrate.) The exhibit had interactive features and was on display for 3 months.  f18 Soc of Immigration class with Assoc Dean Tague

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...)

2015 Recognition Ceremony

The Department's annual Spring Recognition Ceremony was held on Friday, June 5th. At the ceremony, we initiated 7 students into Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD)--the Sociology Honor Society: Kelsey Betz, Christina Cook, Rebecca Gordon, Morgan Howell-Singleton (not present), Katie Lynn-Vecqueray, Alexis McVean, and Jamie Richardson.  In addition to the initiation ceremony, we acknowledged our 2015 senior thesis writers (Katie Lynn-Vecqueray and Jamie Richardson), and our departmental award winners:

The William H. Key Award for Outstanding Work in Applied Sociology was given to Victoria Stevenson.

The Wilbert E. Moore Award for Outstanding Scholarship went to Katie Lynn-Vecqueray and Jamie Richardson.  

The ceremony was followed by a luncheon for faculty, students and their families.

2015 AKD initiates


Paul Colomy at Pioneer CeremonyPaul Colomy, Professor, won the William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award for 2014.  The award commemorates the outstanding teaching style of Dr. William T. Driscoll (former Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biological Sciences) and honors Paul's continuance of Driscoll's legacy of educational excellence. Paul received his award at the Pioneer All University Awards Ceremony at Newman Center for the Performing Arts on May 8, 2014.  



Soc-Crim students and Dr. Reich at Research Symposium
Joe Dingle, Monica Heilman, Rudy Diaz, Josh Stout, Kayla Frazee, and Hannah Koschnitzke (pictured at right, along with Jennifer Reich, former Associate Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Research Center), participated in the Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 7, 2014. The symposium recognizes and honors undergraduate research. All six students completed senior theses for "Distinction in the Major" spring quarter 2014.


Jared Del Rosso, Assistant Professor, was a panelist at an event entitled, "After Images: Abu Ghraib, A Decade Later." The panel discussion was held on Friday, April 25, in Sturm Hall 286, and was co-sponsored by the Departments of Media, Film & Journalism Studies, International & Intercultural Communications, and Gender and Women's Studies.  (view flyer)

                   Jared Del Rosso at Abu Ghraib event  panel for Abu Ghraib event   

Lisa Martinez--featured speaker at Provost Lecture

Lisa Martinez, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and Core faculty member of the DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES), was the featured speaker at the winter quarter Provost Lecture and Luncheon on Thursday, February 6th. The topic of her lecture was, "Opening Gates and Overcoming Barriers: Understanding Latina/o Student Success in Higher Education." 

Dr. Martinez also presented an AHSS Faculty Lecture entitled "Pathways to Mobility among Latina/o and Undocumented Youth" on Thursday, April 10. 

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.  Read More...

2013 Award/Recognition Ceremony

AKD logo
The Sociology/Criminology Department held its annual award/recognition ceremony on Friday, June 7.  At the ceremony, we officially inducted students in to Alpha Kappa Delta, the international Sociology honor society, and recognized this year's departmental award winners and thesis writers.  Read More...

Spring 2013 Undergraduate research symposium

The spring 2013 Undergraduate Research Symposium was a huge success.  Monica Heilman, Jennifer Hayward (both sociology majors) and Julia Richardson (criminology major) were among the students presenting their research.

Julia Richardson, Prof Jennifer Reich, and Monica Heilman        Jennifer Hayward with Professors Scott Phillips and Paul Colomy


Jeff Lin studies crime

Professor Jeffrey Lin studies crime and punishment in the United States. His research, spanning the last decade, has informed significant changes to the New York City juvenile justice system and parole supervision practices in California. Read More...

Barry Feld Marsico lecture

Barry FeldBarry Feld, Centennial Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota and Marsico Social Science Visiting Scholar, presented a lecture entitled, "Real Interrogation: What Actually Happens When Cops Question Kids," on Thursday, March 7, 2013.   View lecture abstract    


Lynzi MaasWhat do the Boulder County Sheriff's office, Boulder County District Attorney's office, Lt. Governor's office, Colorado Governor's office and the Secret Service all have in common? These are offices and law enforcement agencies where Lynzi Maas, a recent graduate who double-majored in criminology and socio-legal studies, held internships over the last four years.  Read More...

pasko participates in jclc centennial celebration

Professor Lisa Pasko participated in the Northwestern University School of Law centennial celebration of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. Read More...


Patti and Peter AdlerProfessor Peter Adler, Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of Denver, and his wife, Professor Patti Adler, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado, were presented with the George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction in Atlanta, GA. This is the first time this honor has been presented jointly to a collaborating couple. Read More...

legal counsel a matter of life and death

Research by Scott Phillips delves into racial disparities in death penalty cases in Harris County, TX. Read More...