Sociology & Criminal Justice
We've earned 'Excellence' in undergraduate and graduate teaching

Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. The department offers a BA in sociology or criminal justice. We have a long tradition of quality teaching and are proud of the fact that five of our faculty have earned the university's Excellence in Teaching Award.

Graduate students may earn an MA or a Ph.D. degree in sociology or criminology. Teaching assistantships, research assistantships and fellowships are available on a competitive basis. The department is home to the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies and affiliated with the Disaster Research Center.

You can find information on this site about our graduate and undergraduate programs and faculty, but if you have a specific question please contact us.

General inquiries can be directed to the department or you may contact individual faculty directly. For information about the Sociology Undergraduate Program e-mail For the Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program e-mail For inquiries regarding the Graduate Program, click here.

Graduate Program Application Form




February 18, 2015 – Colloquium featuring Matt Hiller

February 25, 2015 – Colloquium featuring Joanna Kempner

March 13, 2015 – Minority Mentor Series featuring Dr. Waverly Duck

April 9, 2015 – Dept of Soc/CJ Annual Spring Honors and Awards Banquet

April 17, 2015 – Graduate Student Conference

May 30, 2015 – Convocation

For more information about these upcoming events call the Department at 302-831-2581.




Annual Minority Mentor Lecture Series


Matthew Hiller, Ph.D.

Temple University


Wednesday, February 18th

3:30-5:00 p.m.

Gore Hall Room 303

Refreshments will be served



Matthew Hiller

"Implementation Science and Integrated Findings from the CJDATS HIV/STIC Protocol"


Dr. Matthew Hiller joined Temple University in the Department of Criminal Justice in September 2004 as an Assistant Professor. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Texas Christian University (TCU) in 1996. In July 2000, Matthew moved to the University of Kentucky as a Research Assistant Professor. He worked at the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, where he was the principal investigator for 3 years for numerous process and outcome evaluations for drug courts in Kentucky. He was the principal investigator for an evaluation of a family drug court program and for a project that examined a pilot reentry court program. In addition, he was an investigator on projects funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).


Wednesday, February 18th 2015

3:30-5:00 p.m.

Gore Hall Room 303

Refreshments will be served





Annual Minority Mentor Lecture Series


Joanna Kempner, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania


Wednesday, February 25th

3:30-5:00 p.m.

Gore Hall Room 303

Refreshments will be served



Dr. Waverly Duck



Dr. Joanna Kempner is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research investigates the intersection of medicine, science, politics, gender, and the body. Her first book, Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health, examines the gendered social values embedded in the way we talk about, understand, and make policies for people in pain. Her second book investigates the production and policing of forbidden knowledge, with a particular emphasis on how political controversies generated by health research shape scientific research agendas. Prior to joining the department, Professor Kempner was a postdoctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at the University of Michigan from 2004-2006. She also was a Research Associate at the Center of Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University. Her research appears in peer-reviewed sociology and medical journals including Science, Social Science and Medicine and Gender and Society.


Wednesday, February 25th 2015

3:30-5:00 p.m.

Gore Hall Room 303

Refreshments will be served




Annual Minority Mentor Lecture Series

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Annual Minority Mentor Lecture Series


Dr. Waverly Duck

University of Pittsburgh


Public Lecture

Friday, March 13th

12:30-2:00 pm

Sharp Lab 130



Dr. Waverly Duck

"An Ethnographic Portrait of Drug Dealing and Policing in a Small Black Town"


Dr. Waverly Duck is an urban sociologist whose primary research examines the social order of neighborhoods and institutional settings. His academic areas of interest are urban sociology, inequality (race, class, gender, health and age), qualitative methods, culture, ethnomethodology and ethnography. His research on masculinity, health, crime and violence, and inequality has appeared in the journals Ethnography, Critical Sociology, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Crime, Law and Social Change and African American Studies.

His forthcoming book, No Way Out: Precarious Living in the Shadow of Poverty and Drug Dealing with the University of Chicago Press, challenges the common misconception of urban ghettos as chaotic places where drug dealing, street crime, and random violence make daily life dangerous for everyone. No Way Out explores how neighborhood residents make sense of their lives within severe constraints as they choose among very unrewarding prospects. His second manuscript, Ethnographies is under contract with Paradigm Press, examines the history of ethnography in sociological research.


Friday, March 13th 2015

Professional Development Workshop/Luncheon:

10a-12p Sharp Lab 109


Please contact TaLisa J. Carter (

to RSVP/with all inquiries



Celebration of Community Engagement to be held at Clayton Hall on Monday, March 9, from 5:30-8 p.m.

The event is organized by the University's Community Engagement Commission and will celebrate the shared research, service and scholarship of the University community working with numerous community partners.

UDaily Article

Congratulations to Barret Michalec for being selected as a Salzburg Fellow

Four University of Delaware professors have been selected as 2015 Salzburg Fellows. Martha Buell, Rena Hallam, Barret Michalec and Michael ONeal will travel to Salzburg, Austria, where they will participate in a Salzburg Global Seminar.

UDaily Article

Victor Perez, along with an interdisciplinary research team, is working with Wilmington's Southbridge community on environmental issues.

Results of a survey show that more than half the residents have serious concerns about pollution and sea level rise.

UDaily Article

"Dirty Pictures: Scandal and Censorship in Contemporary Art"

In this lecture, Professor Ann Bowler will explore three contemporary art controversies in order to examine the issue of censorship in the context of the rise of neo-liberalism in Western Europe and the United States.

Haverford College Article

An alum from the undergraduate sociology program, Rysheema Dixon, has been honored by Delaware Today magazine.

Delaware Today Article

Darryl Chambers is featured in a Newsweek article that was released online.

Wilmington once again ranked third on the FBI's annual list of most violent cities among cities of comparable size. Wilmington also ranked fifth when compared to all cities with populations greater than 50,000, up from eighth in 2012.

Newsweek Article

Matthew Manierre, in an Advisory Board Company Daily Briefing article, said it shows patient satisfaction surveys are missing critical data. "While satisfaction measures may be useful in certain contexts, they may leave things out that eventually drive disparate health outcomes later on,".

Daily Briefing Article

Contexts, a publication of the American Sociological Association, featured "Molly Deaths and the Failed War on Drugs" by Tammy L. Anderson

ASA Article

The National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) has selected Maria Johnson to be a member of the 2014 Women of Color Leadership Project (WoCLP) cohort.

Department News

Barret Michalec and his colleagues from TJU win the Journal of Allied Health's 2014 J. Warren Perry Award!

Their article, "Dissecting First-Year Students' Perceptions of Health Profession Groups: Potential Barriers to Interprofessional Education", appeared in the Winter 2013 issue. The award will be presented during an awards dinner on October 22 in Las Vegas.

Read Article

Ann Bell was interviewed in New York Magazine about her recent book Misconception: Social Class and Infertility in America.

New York Magazine Article

The Ferguson incident brought race/racism once again back to the central stage of the U.S. policing.

Ivan Y. Sun would like to share two newspaper reports that feature his work on race and policing.

The New York Times Article
The Washington Post Article

An NGO founded by Aaron Fichtelberg, with a couple of other criminologists, (entitled "Criminologists Without Borders") has just received special observer status with ECOSOC (at the United Nations).
U.S. Club Drug Law Could Put Ravers At Risk

It's been more than a decade since a federal law made venue owners criminally responsible when patrons use illegal club drugs. But after years of fieldwork, attending raves in Philadelphia and elsewhere, University of Delaware sociologist Tammy Anderson is convinced the drug law is a bad idea.

WHYY Article

How Mega Rave Electric Zoo WIll Try to Keep the Drugs Out

Tammy L. Anderson, who closely follows youth culture and drug use, says that in the heyday of rave culture music fans banded together on websites and they were wiser about their drug consumption.

Village Voice Article

UD's Tammy Anderson has found that the federal anti-drug RAVE Act may do more harm than good.

A federal law enacted to combat the use of "club drugs" such as Ecstasy - and today's variation known as Molly - has failed to reduce the drugs' popularity and, instead, has further endangered users by hampering the use of measures to protect them.

UDaily Article

Welcome to new Faculty member, Dr. Maria Johnson!

Dr. Johnson researches the role of race and gender within family relationships and federal family policy. Her current work examines Black women's identity construction, daughter-father relationships, Black fatherhood, and structural and cultural influences.

Department News

New book: Joel Best and Kathleen A. Bogle

Kids Gone Wild: From Rainbow Parties to Sexting, Understanding the Hype Over Teen Sex. New York: New York University Press, 2014.

Ann Bell recently published her new book.

Ann V. Bell, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, recently published her book entitled, Misconception: Social Class & Infertility in America"

Rutgers University Press

Congrats to Victor!

Congratulations to Victor for being awarded an IT Transformation Grant (funded through CTAL) for his proposed course on (geo) mapping in the social sciences for non-geography majors with no GIS experience. Very cool stuff. Well done, Victor!

Tamara Keith, White House Correspondent for NPR ran a story about the White House Sexual Assault Task Force. Our students, Abigail Samuels, Melissa Pleasanton and Gabby Coleman were featured in the story.

Listen to the Story

The University Diversity Initiative held its annual Diversity Awards Celebration.

Dr. Brian Chad Starks, who is an alumnus of the Dept. of Soc/CJ and an Associate Professor at Delaware State University, won the Louis L. Redding Award.

Department News

Jeremy Mathis, an Undergraduate Criminal Justice Major won the Student Ambassador for Diversity Award.

Department News

Our students, Emily Bonistall and Brandie Pugh, as well as undergrad Abigail Samuels, did a fantastic job at the National VAWA conference (of which our dept was a co-sponsor).

2014 Powerful Partnerships Conference

Aneesa Baboola and Bri VanArsdale were selected to attend the National Science Foundation's workshop in Arlington, VA.

Department News

Dana Alvare and Kristen Hefner were selected to attend the Law & Society Association's 2014 Graduate Student Workshop in May in Minneapolis!

Department News

Emily Bonistall has been selected to receive the Julie Mapes-Wilgen Award in Human Sexuality & Gender Studies.

Department News

Congratulations to this year's (two!) Scarpitti Award winners, Kristen Hefner and John Brent. Bravo! Well-deserved!

Department News

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