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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

Kristin A. Bates is Professor of Sociology and Criminology & Justice Studies. She earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington where she concentrated in criminology and social control. She has been teaching at CSUSM since 1998. Her research is in the area of inequality and social justice, with a specific focus on race and social control. She is the coeditor, with Richelle Swan, of Through the Eye of Katrina: Social Justice in the United States (2nd ed., 2010), coauthor, with Richelle Swan, of Juvenile Delinquency in a Diverse Society (3rd ed., 2021), and coauthor, with Michelle Inderbitzin and Randy Gainey, of Deviance and Social Control: A Sociological Perspective (3rd ed., 2021) and Perspectives in Deviance and Social Control (2nd ed., 2019).



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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