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  • Apr
    Colloquium: Alexandra Cox
    Apr. 11th, 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Memorial Hall 108
    Colloquium: Alexandra Cox 
  • Apr
    Brown Bag - Chrysanthi Leon and Aneesa Baboolal
    Apr. 13th, 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
    Willard Hall 217
    Brown Bag - Chrysanthi Leon and Aneesa Baboolal " Challenging Perspectives: Roundtable on Research and Teaching About Vulnerable Groups"  
  • Apr
    Apr. 13th, 5:00 PM to 11:30 PM
    Courtyard Marriott
  • Apr
    The Advanced Series Session 3: Job Market
    Apr. 18th, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice has developed a seminar series on professionalization for advanced graduate students. The series will be held once per month during the Spring Semester on a particular topic of interest. Each session is a panel presentation composed of four to five individuals, including faculty, current students, alumni, and/or university representatives. All sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 10:00 – 11:30am. The first session will be in Sharp 109 and all other locations TBD.  
  • Apr
    Brown Bag - Ginger Berndt
    Apr. 27th, 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
    Willard Hall 217
    Brown Bag - Ginger Berndt "Compromisd Contraceptive Access in Disaster Settings: An Analysis of State Level Contraceptive Policies, Title X Clinic Availabilityand, Emergency refill Laws in North Carolina and Illinois"  
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  • Charles Faupel
    Retired Professor from Auburn University

    Dr. Charles Faupel is a 1981 Graduate of the UD Sociology Program.  He has taught Criminology for 27 years in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Auburn University and is now Professor Emeritus at Auburn.  Charles was Director of Graduate Studies for the Sociology program for several year.  He has authored several books pertaining to the Sociology of Drug Use, Social Problems and Social Behavior.

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  • Aidan Leddy
    English Teacher, Indian River High School

    Aidan Leddy teaches 11th and 12th grade English. He also pairs with local attorney (Stephen Norman, Norman Law Firm) and coach Indian River High School's Mock Trial program. Mock Trial is a program for law-interested high school students that allow them to interact with an indictment, witness statements, and evidence exhibits. They present this case in a state tournament in front of judges, current and retired, in the New Castle County courtrooms.

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  • Aleksandra Pelszynska

    ​Ali started her career with Day & Zimmermann, a defense contracting company, shortly after graduation in 2016. During her tenure with D&Z, she managed the company's Political Action Committee (PAC), analyzed Congressional hearings and witness testimonies with specific impact on the company, and became the Executive Director of a non-profit group, the Government Relations Association (GRA), which champions the Government Relations profession. She currently works for Max Cybersecurity LLC as an Analyst where she researches and writes standard operating procedures, policy analysis, and web content.

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  • Alyssa Dugger

    ​Alyssa worked 2 years at a law department after graduating from UD. She began working on higher education classes to explore her interests. Alyssa began a full-time job at Devereux working with children on the autism spectrum before being accepted and moving to Colorado for her Masters in Forensic Psychology at the University of Denver. Now looking to pursue her LPC and CAC to work with the at risk youth in correctional facilities or hospital setting.

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  • Ava Carcirieri
    Management Analyst

    ​Ava graduated with an MA in Sociology in 2015 and has since been working for the state of Delaware as research contractor and Management Analysts. My functions in these roles have been to work with Judges and legislatures to help change the court processes and data quality for the better, and to help the courts better serve our litigants. Family Court serves the state's most vulnerable populations, and i am proud to be a part of the team that continues to make progress towards a treatment-oriented justice within the legislative branch.

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  • Benjamin D. Wallace
    Disaster response planning consultant

    ​Since graduating from the DRC, Benjamin has worked in several consulting positions writing disaster response plans for Ebola, nuclear terrorism, and hurricanes. He started his career working at the state level, and has been doing consulting work for FEMA since then. His current role is rewriting FEMA Region III's hurricane response plan, after which he intends to look for work in Europe. His professional interests include climate change adaptation, emergency management technology (e.g.,GIS,UAVs, social media), organizational management/leadership, and policy development. For more information, visit

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  • Brianna Dougherty
    Paralegal/Legal Assistant

    ​Brianna is currently working as paralegal/legal assistant for a personal injury and criminal defense lawyer in the State of Maryland. She works with criminal law and procedure while also working with the many rehabilitation programs for criminal offenders. She works across all jurisdictions from Baltimore City county to Worchester County. The biggest challenge is working full time during the week and attending Delaware Law at night to obtain her J. D. Besides her work in law, Brianna also teaches percussion as Unionville High school of Chester County PA.

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  • Caitlyn Pennington
    Law Clerk

    ​Caitlyn Pennington is a University of Delaware graduate from the class of 2013, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. She went on to further her education at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor in May 2017. She is currently working as a law clerk at the Richland County Public Defender's office in Columbia, SC and awaiting bar exam results. Hoping for a passing score, she will then become an Assistant Public Defender there. Caitlyn lives in Columbia with her boyfriend Tyler, two cats. and a puppy.

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  • David Lane
    Assistant Professor

    ​David C. Lane joined the university in 2013 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in Sociology. He has previously taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary, and the University of Delaware. His research has been published in numerous journals and books. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the Social Problems Theory Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

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  • Nicole Bracy
    Senior Research Associate, Harder+Company Community Research

    Dr. Bracy is a researcher and consultant for a California-based, applied social research firm that prioritizes community-driven research and elevating the voices of marginalized and underserved communities. "We help government, philanthropy and non-profit organizations to do their best possible work for the communities they serve, working across sectors to promote lasting change."  She works closely with criminal justice agencies throughout the state of California, local community-based organizations who provide reentry services for individuals returning home from prison, as well as foundations who fund justice reform advocacy and policy development.  She frequently works across disciplines, doing research in areas such as behavioral health, early childhood, education and housing/homelessness. It is fast-paced, challenging, and extremely rewarding work! In addition to her position at Harder+Company, she also teaches in the undergraduate Criminal Justice program and the Masters of Public Administration program in the School of Public Affairs at San Diego State University.

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  • Ross Kleinstuber
    Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

    ​Dr. Kleinstuber graduated summa cum laude from Rowan University in December 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law & Justice Studies, a minor in Mathematics, and an Honors concentration prior to enrolling in the University of Delaware, where he received his Master of Arts in Sociology in 2007 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology in 2011.  He is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, the sociology honor society, and currently serves as UPJ's faculty advisor to AKD.  His areas of specialization are criminological theory and law & society.  His research focuses on law & society, the death penalty, and genocide and other human rights abuses.  Dr. Kleinstuber's dissertation examined the role of America's culture of individualism on the mitigation process in Delaware capital cases through content analyses of trial transcripts, judicial sentencing opinions, and local media accounts and through interviews with 35 former capital jurors.  Part of his dissertation forms the crux of his book, Hegemonic Individualism and Subversive Stories in Capital Mitigation, which was released on Ashgate Publishing's Law, Justice, and Power series in May 2014. His research on capital jurors was also cited by the Delaware Supreme Court when it declared Delaware's existing capital sentencing statute unconstitutional in Rauf v. Delaware.  He is currently examining the role of victim impact evidence (VIE) in capital penalty trials. Dr. Kleinstuber's teaching interests include Criminology; Sociology of Law; Inequality, Crime, and Justice; Corrections; and Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice.  A complete list of his course offerings can be viewed at the link at the top of the page.

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  • Kathleen A. Bogle
    Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, La Salle University

    Dr. Bogle is the author of Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus (New York University Press), which examines the nature and culture of “hooking up” between college students as well as what happens after students leave the college environment.

    She published an article entitled, “The shift from dating to hooking up in college: What scholars have missed” in a new journal, Sociology Compass.

    Bogle is also interested in the study of crime, particularly violence against women. She co-authored a paper on this subject, “Exploring the Connection between Pornography and Sexual Violence,” which appeared in Violence & Victims.

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  • William Clements
    Vice President and Dean, College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, Professor of Criminal Justice, Norwich University

    ​William Clements, Ph.D. currently serves as Vice President and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, and Professor of Criminal Justice at Norwich University.  Dr. Clements has been involved in bringing Norwich's curriculum to the online environment and in developing new continuing and distributed education programs serving students in several fields, particularly for the military.   He currently leads sixteen degree programs and over 1,800 students in the university's online programs.   Dr. Clements' professional research interests and experience include criminal justice system studies, program evaluation, data systems development, and adjudication analysis.   He served on the National Academy of Sciences - Justice Statistics Review Panel (2006-2009) and has published criminal justice research in Vermont as former executive director of the Vermont Center for Justice Research.  He has professionally served as President of the Northeast Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, President of the Justice Research and Statistics Association and Co-Editor of the journal Justice Research and Policy.  Dr. Clements helped form (2014) and serves as founding President of the Crime Research Group, Incorporated, a Vermont non-profit justice research organization.  In addition, Dr. Clements serves as an accreditation team member and site visit chair for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and on the New England Board of Higher Education, State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement Regional Steering Committee (2015-2018 term).  Additionally, he serves on the founding Board of Trustees for The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) in Lebanon.

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  • Jennifer Griffin
    Captain Delaware State Police

    ​​Jennifer D. Griffin is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware.  She received her Ph.D. in sociology with concentrations in Gender and Deviance at the University of Delaware in 2013.  Her research interests include policing, family/work conflict & balance, gender, deviance, criminal justice ethics, and family issues.  She is also a full-time Delaware State Trooper at the rank of Captain.

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  • Philip Kavanaugh
    Assistant Professor, Penn State Harrisburg

    At Penn State Harrisburg, I work in a criminal justice program and teach both residential and online courses (3-3 load), do research/publish, and do service activities for the program, school, and college. 

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  • Kelsey Rathcke Cummings
    University of Delaware Honors Program

    I currently work with students in the University of Delaware Honors Program. My responsibilities include academic advising, Honors Program recruitment, and advisement for the post-graduate Fulbright grant for study, research or English teaching abroad.

    I am also currently co-chair of UD’s Women’s Caucus advocating for women on campus.

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