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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Shannon Sliva

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Texas at Arlington


  • Determinants and impacts of public policies and system-level structures
  • Restorative and innovative justice alternatives
  • Mass incarceration, prisoners’ rights and social disenfranchisement
  • Criminal justice system disparities
  • Policy analysis and the legislative process
  • Leadership, organizing and advocacy in social work practice
  • Mixed methods research


Assistant Professor Shannon Sliva conducts national and local research on the impacts of criminal justice policy, with an emphasis on innovative justice alternatives. Her most recent work focuses on the predictors of state-level restorative justice legislation across the U.S. In addition, Sliva is partnering with Colorado practitioners, policymakers and advocates to track the impacts of leading-edge restorative justice laws in the state and to develop recommendations for policy transfer.

Sliva teaches macro practice, policy and restorative justice courses at GSSW.

See Web page and CV.