Jeffery Dennis, Department of Sociology and Corrections

| Associate Professor

Address: Armstrong Hall 113Z
Phone: 507-389-1132


  • Rock Island, Illinois


  • Augustana College
  • Indiana University
  • University of Southern California
  • SUNY Stony Brook

I am available for

  • Email conversations
  • Zoom room conversations

Why I want to be a Maverick Firsts Advocate

No one in my family had ever gone to college, so I never considered it until my high school teachers started assuming that I would go. I was completely clueless about things like ACT tests, campus visits, and scholarships; I almost applied to graduate school, figuring that it was for high school graduates. And once I got to college (as an undergraduate), everyone assumed that I knew all of the procedures and protocols from alumni parents or older siblings, so I didn’t get much help. Hopefully being an advocate will allow me to make things easier for the new generation of first-generation college students.

What do I teach and research


  • criminology
  • criminal justice
  • juvenile delinquency
  • drugs and society
  • the history of prisons and punishment


  • LGBT issues in criminal justice, including LGBT delinquents
  • homophobia in the criminal justice system
  • mass media representation of LGBT criminals and villains

Unique things about me

I took every language that my undergraduate college offered: Spanish, French, German, Latin, Greek, Russian, and Swedish. Since then, I’ve also studied Mandarin, Arabic, and Finnish. But I can only hold a reasonably good conversation in Spanish and French. Although I’m a criminologist, about 10 years ago I published several articles on television cartoons that are still getting me citations in Wikipedia and interview requests.

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