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Allison Cotton


African American Issues, Criminal Justice/Criminology, Latino Issues, Racial Issues/Hate Crime, Sociology


Race and crime, Social causes of crime, The death penalty, Women and crime, Juvenile delinquency, Poverty and crime, Prison culture, Criminal justice and the media

Degree: Ph.D.

Title: Professor

Department: Criminal Justice and Criminology


Office Phone: 303-615-0320

Interviewed by: The Denver Post, 9NEWS, Colorado Springs Gazette, Boulder Daily Camera, Aurora Sentinel, 850KOA, 7NEWS, Univision


A Colorado native, Cotton received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1991, a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002. 

Her publications range in subject from issues related to the death penalty, eye-witness identifications, female offenders and the perception of crime through the media to issues around race, class, gender and crime.  Her first book, "Effigy: Images of Capital Defendants" was released in the summer of 2008 by Lexington Books. Her second (co-authored) book, "Class, Race, Gender & Crime: The Social Realities of Justice in America" (4th edition) was released in July 2014 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 

Cotton is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology.  A two-time Fulbright scholar, she now serves as a board member of the Colorado Fulbright Foundation. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

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