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Kristin A. Bates, Ph.D

Kristin A. Bates, Ph.D

Professor of Sociology & Criminology & Justice Studies

Office: SBSB 4203

Kristin A. Bates, Ph.D

I joined the Sociology department as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 1998.  Prior to joining the faculty at CSUSM, I attended the University of Washington (Department of Sociology), where, while finishing my Ph.D., I taught courses in Sociology of the Family, and, Deviance and Social Control, and worked on several research projects concerning racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system.  At CSUSM I generally teach courses in the criminology area, such as juvenile delinquency, criminology, inequalities in the criminal justice system, and women and crime.  My continuing research interests are family and delinquency, micro level theories of delinquency, disproportionality in the justice system, and classroom teaching strategies.


Ph.D.     Sociology, University of Washington, 1998 (Chair:  Robert D. Crutchfield)

MA        Sociology, University of Washington, 1994

BA        Sociology and Economics, Pacific Lutheran University, 1990


My research falls into the general areas of criminology and justice studies.  I have engaged in research on family and delinquency; racial bias in the juvenile justice system; racial bias in bail decision making; race/gender and the war on drugs; Hurricane Katrina; and, the impact of suppression techniques such as civil gang injunctions on community, individual bonds, and racialized and gendered social control.


I teach courses that apply to both the Sociology major and the Criminology and Justice Studies major, in addition to courses for the Masters in Sociological Practice.

While at CSUSM, I have taught:

SOC 201:  Statistics
SOC 323:  Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 325:  Criminology
SOC 406:  Women and Crime
SOC 439:  Social Justice and the Environment
SOC 442:  Analysis of the Justice System and Criminal Law
SOC 445:  White Collar Crime
SOC 501:  MASP Pro-Seminar
SOC 515:  Research Methods
SOC 529:  Criminological Theory
SOC 660:  Teaching Sociology


Please click link below for Professor Kristin Bates' Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

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