CSCJ Personnel


Tara ShelleyDr. Tara O'Connor Shelley
Associate Professor of Sociology & Co-Director of the Center
Along with the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice, Dr. Shelley is a faculty affiliate with the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis (CDRA) in the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on issues that pertain to justice, law and society in the areas of: environmental crime and regulation; environmental justice; public opinion, crime, and the environment; restorative justice; and police and society. Dr. Shelley has a strong background as a mixed methods researcher with skills in qualitative and quantitative research. She received her PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University and her MS in Justice, Law and Society from the American University. Prior to joining academia, Professor Shelley worked for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA). She has recently published in Deviant Behavior,Social Psychology Quarterly, and Organization and Environment.

Michael HoganDr. Michael J. Hogan
Associate Professor of Sociology & Co-Director of the Center
Dr. Hogan received his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida State University. His current research interests include corporate and governmental crime, offender treatment and reintegration, and public opinion on crime and criminal justice.

Prabha UnnithanDr. N. Prabha Unnithan
Professor of Sociology
Dr. Unnithan received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been a faculty member at CSU since 1987. His past research and teaching involve a range of topics related to crime and criminal justice. His co-authored book, The Currents of Lethal Violence (State University of New York Press) received a Distinguished Book Award from the Mid-South Sociological Association. His other recent co-authored books are Guns, Violence, and Criminal Behavior (Lynne Rienner Publishers) andPolicing and Society: A Global Approach (Delmar Cengage). In 2013, a collection of research papers he edited entitled Crime and Justice in India was published by Sage Publishers. Dr. Unnithan edited the Journal of Criminal Justice Education between 2000 and 2002, and the Social Science Journal 2006 through 2011. He currently is President of the Western Social Science Association and Secretary of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Jennifer HarmanDr. Jennifer Harman
Associate Professor of Psychology
Dr. Harman's research focuses on health behaviors within interpersonal relationships, exploring international populations and marginalized groups in the United States, including high risk individuals such as IV drug users and those in the criminal justice system. Applying social psychological principles, Dr. Harman examines intimate relationship factors associated with adjustment and reintegration into the community after incarceration, factors associated with substance use and commitment to substance use recovery programs, and infectious disease risk among criminal offenders. She is also interested in comparative research examining punitive attitudes towards crime and substance abuse treatment programs in international settings.

Tara OpsalDr. Tara Opsal
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Dr. Opsal examines a variety of issues related to crime and punishment but focuses on community corrections, prisoner reentry, and women's experiences in the criminal justice system. She also examines violence prevention programming as well environmental crime and harm. Dr. Opsal, who received her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder, has published her work in a variety of outlets including Sociological Inquiry, Qualitative Research,The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Women & Criminal Justice, The Prison Journal, and Criminal Justice Studies.

Malcolm ScottDr. Malcolm E. Scott
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Dr. Scot t currently serves as Director of the Human Services Assessment Project (HSAP) and is Associate Director of Public Achievement for Community Transformation (PACT). He is an advocate for equity and fairness, social and economic justice, and cultural competency and diversity. As an emerging young scholar, Dr. Scott's research interests focus on youth and community development, urban education and community-engaged scholarship, issues facing vulnerable populations, corrections and programs designed to reduce recidivism, and higher education access and opportunity for students of color. He is co-author of a foundation textbook in social work titled,"Social Work A Profession of Many Faces," and has co-authored several journal articles and book chapters on issues of religion and spirituality, African Americans, education, and community development issues. In the classroom, Dr. Scott infuses diversity into his teaching and helps students understand human growth and development from a perspective that appreciates the influence of culture, age, sexual orientation, religion and other factors that influence a multi-cultural society.

Graduate Assistants

DJ RogersD.J. Rogers
Graduate Assistant
D.J. Rogers, a student in the Sociology doctoral program, maintains primary theoretical and research interests in concepts pertaining to bounded rationality, judgment heuristics and the economic analysis of social decision making specifically as situated in the criminological context. He has assisted with CSCJ research projects concerning the criminal diversion of prescribed narcotics, law enforcement agency assessment, and the analysis of institutional data describing homicide in the United States. Rogers has an academic background in Economics and History (BA, Colorado 1988) and Criminal Justice (MCJ, Colorado 2006) and, has served with four different Colorado law enforcement agencies in a variety of capacities and assignments in the course of a twenty-four year professional career.

Chris MoloneyChris Moloney
Graduate Assistant
Chris Moloney earned an M.A. in Criminology from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Sociology at Colorado State University. His interests broadly include green criminology, state and white-collar crime, and the social construction of environmental problems. He has examined the historical case of the near extinction of the North American bison, situating that event as a significant and intentionally perpetrated social harm with far reaching consequences for the Native American tribes of the continent. He highlighted the contradictions in the U.S. government's legislative efforts to protect the Northern Fur Seal, but not the bison, during the same period. Along with Prabha Unnithan, he has also written about the need for sociologists to devote more attention to the study of the social origins and impacts of invasive species issues. He has served as an editorial assistant on several introductory sociology and criminology textbooks authored by Professor William "Bill" Chambliss. He currently lives in Colorado with his fiancée Britney and their dog Oatie.

Amber ReeseAmber Reese
Graduate Assistant
Amber Reese received a B.A. in Sociology (Criminology & Criminal Justice Concentration) from Colorado State University. She is a graduate student in Sociology pursuing a M.A. while working closely with CSCJ and as a Teaching Assistant. As an undergraduate, she worked on several research projects for the CSCJ including Colorado State Patrol's TACT and the City of Milliken's Community Court Project. Amber currently monitors a survey of the experiences of Colorado law enforcement agencies with unresolved (or cold case) homicides being conducted on behalf of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). She is also involved in the evaluation of the Larimer County Detention Center's Transformations program.

John HilgendorfJohn Hilgendorf
Graduate Assistant
John received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the fall of 2012. He is entering his second year in the Sociology M.A. program at CSU. Currently, his interests include policies pertaining to the correctional system and alternative sentencing. Other interests include corporate crime, private prisons, and the sociology of medicalization, along with a growing interest in green criminology.

Adam MayerAdam Mayer
Graduate Assistant
Adam began his PhD program in Sociology at CSU in 2011 after completing an MA at the University of Cincinnati. His dissertation focuses on policy attitudes towards hydraulic fracturing among Coloradoans. He is working on several other projects related to hydraulic fracturing. Adam's research has been published in Sociological Perspectives, Economic Development Quarterly, and the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. In May 2014, he was selected to attend a National Science Foundation seminar on Environmental Sociology and Science and Technology Studies.

Spring 2012 Undergraduate Volunteer Research

2012 Volunteers


Back row, L to R: Lucas Scott, Austin Hiatt, Courtney Miller, Laura Harman, Kelly Sterner. Front row, L to R: Courtney Harrison, Courtney Matsumoto, and Abby Miller. Not pictured: Barb Farrell.

Fall 2012 Undergraduate Volunteer Research Assistants

Grace Billington, Tina Beaman, Jordan Dean. Michael Greer, Molly Olson

Summer 2012 Graduate and Undergraduate Research Assistants



Back row, L to R: Matt Tullis, Kristen Edwards, Travis Hooten, Joseph Yevara, Stefan McClees. Front row, L to R: Sara Coleman, Grace Billington, and Laura Harmon. Not pictured: Bruno Sbarbaro and Marie Bluitt.