Minority Mentor Lecture Series

The Minority Mentor Lecture Series was created in 2008 by the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Delaware to address the disproportionate representation of minority scholars in the fields of Criminology and Sociology.  This event helps to highlight the important work of minority scholars in the fields of Criminology and Sociology.  In addition, it provides mentoring and network opportunities for minority students in the fields as well as professional development for all graduate students.  
This is a two day event includes a guest lecture, reception, mentoring for minority students, and a professional development workshop for all graduate students.  Guest Lecturers are also taken on a tour of the campus and includes a visit to the Paul Jones Art Gallery, which comprises one of the most important collections of African American visual art dating from the 18th century to the present.   

This annual event takes place each spring.  For more information or to get involved in planning next year’s lecture series please contact TaLisa Carter at tjcarter@udel.edu.

The 2016 Minority Mentor Lecture Series: Information to be released soon!

Previous Speakers

Dr. Waverly Duck (2015)

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.

Dr. Alexes Harris (2014)

The 2014 lecturer was Dr. Alexes Harris, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Harris uses a mixed-methods approach to study institutional decision-making and her research and teaching interests focus on social stratification processes and racial and ethnic disparities. More specifically, her work investigates how contact with varying institutions (educational, juvenile and criminal justice, and economic) influence individuals' life chances. A primary aim of her work is to produce research that is theoretically informed and empirically rich, and that is of value in local, state, and national policy arenas. Dr. Harris has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed research articles in the top general and specialty journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and Law and Society Review.

Dr. Hillary Potter (2013)

Dr. Hillary Potter is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. She holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from CU Boulder and an M.A. in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York). Dr. Potter’s research has focused on the intersections of race, gender, and class as they relate to crime and violence. She is currently conducting research projects on intimate partner abuse among interracial couples and men’s use of violence. Dr. Potter is the author of Battle Cries: Black Women and Intimate Partner Abuse (New York University Press, 2008) and the editor of Racing the Storm: Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina (Lexington Books, 2007). She is currently writing two new books: Intersectionality and Criminology (Routledge Press) and Racialized Perceptions of Crime (with Allison Cotton; New York University Press).

Dr. Scott Brooks (2012)

Dr. Scott Brooks is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the University of California - Riverside.  He is trained in urban sociology, race and class inequality, and qualitative research methods.  He is the author of the recently published, "Black Men Can't Shoot" (2009), and has published a number of articles and chapters highlighting the depth, range, and breadth of relationships developed while in the field.  His ethnographic research illustrates the relationships, experiences with others, and observations of the dynamics between people within a space, time, and group.

Dr.Alex Piquero (2010-11)

Dr. Alex R. Piquero is the Gordon P. Waldo Professor of Criminology in the College of Criminology& Criminal Justice at Florida State University. His research interests include criminal careers, criminological theory, evaluation and evidence-based crime prevention, and quantitative research methods.

Dr. Geoff Ward (2009)

Dr. Geoff Ward is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. He completed a PhD in Sociology at the University of Michigan in 2001, and was previously a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice, and Coordinator of the Africana Criminal Justice Project at Columbia University. His current research focuses on the racialization of criminal social control, with particular interest in the idea and practice of racial justice. He has published studies in various journals and anthologies on racial history of American juvenile justice, the organization of decision-making in juvenile and federal courts, and racial and ethnic group representation in justice-related occupations. He was recipient of the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship from the National Institute in 2006 and is the author of the forthcoming book The Black Child-Savers: Racial Democracy in American Juvenile Justice (with University of Chicago Press) which examines the rise and fall Jim Crow juvenile justice, and effort to establish more racially-democratic politics of juvenile social control, over the course of the twentieth century.

Dr. Ruth Peterson (2008)

Dr. Ruth D. Peterson is Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Criminal Justice Research Center at Ohio State University. Ruth began her undergraduate work at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio and completed it at Cleveland State University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983, and taught for several years at the University of Iowa before joining the faculty at Ohio State. Ruth's research focuses on community conditions and crime, racial and ethnic inequality in patterns of crime, and the consequences of criminal justice policies for racially and ethnically distinct communities. She and her long-term collaborator, Lauren J. Krivo, are working together to develop a theoretical and empirical strategy for explaining crime in racially and ethnically distinct communities. Peterson's work has been published in a variety of journals including the American Sociological Review, Criminology, and Social Forces. She is also a co-editor with Laurie Krivo and John Hagan of The Many Colors of Crime: Inequalities of Race, Ethnicity and Crime in America (New York University Press). Importantly too, Ruth is co-organizer (with Laurie Krivo) of the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice-Network, and its Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute: Broadening Perspectives and Participation.