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Leo Carroll

Leo Carroll


Department Chair


Ph.D., Brown University

Criminology, Law and Society, Race and Ethnic Relations

Research Interests
Policing, Punishment and Corrections, Criminal Justice Policy

Professor Carroll regularly teaches courses such as SOC/PSC 274 The Criminal Justice System, SOC 330 Police in Democratic Societies, SOC 331 Punishment and Corrections, and SOC/PSC Policy Issues in Criminal Justice. He also coordinates the Department's internship program offered through SOC 497 Field Experience in Sociology. Professor Carroll is a past recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Professor Carroll has authored two books: Hacks, Blacks and Cons: Race Relations in a Maximum Security Prison (Lexington Book, 1974; revised and reissued in paperback by Waveland Press, 1988) and Lawful Order: Correctional Crisis and Reform (Garland Press, 1998; reissued in paperback, 2000). He has also authored or co-authored more thirty articles in professional journals and collections of scholarly works.

In recognition of his scholarship, Professor Carroll has served as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Center for Criminal Justice at Harvard Law School, as a Fellow at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin, Ireland, and in 1993 was selected as the George Beto Professor in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Texas. Lawful Order was named the Outstanding Book by a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 2000.

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Carlos Garcia-Quijano

Carlos Garcia-Quijano was selected to receive the 2013 Early Career Faculty Reseach Award in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.Kudos to him!

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Department Chair
Leo Carroll,

Justice, Law & Society Minor Coordinator
Professor Leo Carroll,

Administrative Assistant
Theresa Nobile,