Research Interests

Research Interests

Race, Class, Gender. Sexuality and Age and Social Control

The Prison Industrial Complex

Race and the Law

Research Experience

Denny Award, Confronting the Prison Industrial Complex Phase II: A Campus and Community Collaboration, 2013-14

Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Grant, Confronting the Prison Industrial Complex Phase II: A Campus and Community Collaboration, 2011-12

Bush Grant/Educating for Diversity and Democracy Phase II. Student and Faculty Climate Surveys, Fall/Winter 2003-2009. (Qualitative/quantitative research design, survey construction, focus groups and data analysis of student and faculty samples on CSC climate relative to diversity, with Scott Pakudiatis, Dr. Rose Brewer and Dr. Brian Bruess)

Access and Success Program Evaluation 2005-2006, Fall 2007 (Qualitative/quantitative research design, survey construction, focus groups and data analysis of student parent response to Access and Success programs and services, with Scott Pakudiatis,

 Team member, “The Experience of Women and Girls of Color in North Minneapolis as it relates to the Interplay of Health, Well-being and Racism”, Dr. Maggie Dexheimer-Pharris, Faculty Researcher, Center of Excellence/Center for Women’s Health, Grant for Collaborative Research, Winter 2003

 Bush Grant /Educating for Diversity and Democracy, Phase II.  Management Team, Assessment subcommittee Chair, Steering Committee, 2003 to 2006

 Bush Grant Student Climate Survey, Spring 2001.Survey/research design and data analysis of a student sample of 560 on CSC climate relative to racial/ethnic diversity, with Brian Bruess and Scott Pakudiatis

Team member, Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Summer Institute, AAC&U/NSF Curriculum Transformation Initiative and Grant, San Jose, CA, August 2001

 Team member, “Latinas and Higher Education: Developing a New Vision”, Dr. Irene Campos Carr, Faculty Researcher, Center of Excellence/Center for Women, Economic Justice and Public Policy, Grant for Collaborative Research, Fall 2000

 Minnesota AIDS Project, January 1992 to 1996. (Consultant to MAP in the qualitative/quantitative evaluation of their gay/bi and IV drug users outreach programs.  Responsibilities included research design and final analysis of data.)

 Chief Ethnographer for the Twin Cities IV Drug Use and AIDS project. Dr. Rich Needle, Department of Family Social Science, spring 1989 - fall 1991. (Responsibilities included all aspects of qualitative research design, survey construction, implementation, supervision, and data analysis for annual outreach evaluation.)

Research Assistant in the follow-up of former students of Insight (a Stillwater State Prison program for post-secondary education of inmates).  Dr. Daniel Detzner, Social and Behavioral Sciences, spring 1987.(Duties included the development and administration of a survey, data analysis, and the writing of a final project report.)

Research Assistant in the development of an upper division comparative criminology course. Dr. David A. Ward, Department of Sociology, SSII 1985  (Duties included extensive library research and review of the existing reference and journal literature on international criminology and penology.)

 Research Assistant in a pilot study of the effects of viewing violent films.  Dr. David A. Ward, Department of Sociology, SSI 1985.(The study involved surveying 400+ university students on their movie viewing and subsequent behavior.  Duties consisted of coding the resultant surveys, as well as the development of coding categories.)

.Research Assistant in the collection of data for MCSR's annual Twin Cities area survey. Dr. Ronald Anderson, Director, Minnesota Center for Social Research, Department of Sociology, fall 1984 ( Duties included telephone interviewing and coding.)

 Research Assistant in a study of the informal and/or formal social control mechanisms that influence drinking behavior and social control factors in a number of drinking establishments. Dr. Richard Sykes, Department of Speech Communications, summer 1983 - spring 1984 .(Duties included literature review, consultation in the construction of data collection instruments, participant observation, and systematic observation)

Research Assistant in a study of the nature and causes of violent crime. Dr. David A. Ward, Department of Sociology, fall 1982 - spring 1983 (The study compared a sample of violent offenders in Minnesota with a matched sample of non-offenders.  Duties included literature review, consultation in the construction of data collection instruments (interview guides and quantitative coding forms), and coding inmate institutional files from the Department of Corrections, Juvenile Court, and Child Protection.)

 Research Assistant in a study of the effects of maximum security incarceration.  Dr. David A. Ward, Department of Sociology, fall 1981 - summer 1982  (The study focused on the adjustment of ex-Alcatraz inmates.  Duties included examination and quantitative coding of state and federal correctional institution files of the Alcatraz inmate population.)

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