Sharon Kantorowski Davis
Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Dr. Davis received her Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of Southern California. Her dissertation was: A Qualitative Analysis of the National Evaluation of the De-institutionalization of Status Offender Programs. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Sociology at San Diego State University. Her areas of expertise and interest include Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, Deviance, Social Problems, Family Violence, Popular Culture, and Qualitative Research Methods. She has worked primarily in the fields of research and higher education.
Dr. Davis has authored 17 journal articles and has presented more than 150 research papers (some co-authored with students) at regional, national, and international meetings of professional associations. Her current research interests include: all aspects of juvenile delinquency, civil liberties and social justice after 9/11, child-free professional women, perpetrators and victims of crime and delinquency, and role models in ethnic communities. She is past vice president of the Pacific Sociological Association and was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of La Verne.
Dr. Davis is active in the University community, serving on numerous committees and task forces including the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Salary Committee, the Faculty Personnel Committee and the Coalition for Diversity. She has been a guest speaker and panel member at community events, on radio, and on television. She designed the undergraduate Behavioral Science internship program and the Criminology major at the University, and has taught in both the undergraduate honors program and the graduate Psy.D. program in community clinical psychology.
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