Dr. Knight Joins Criminal Justice Faculty

New Faculty Member Dr. Kelly Knight believes in volunteering in the community, which included working with rescued horses in Colorado.
New Faculty Member Dr. Kelly Knight believes in volunteering in the community, which included working with rescued horses in Colorado.

A new faculty member will join the College of Criminal Justice in the fall.

Dr. Kelly E. Knight, who received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, will be an assistant professor. She served as a graduate research assistant at the University of Colorado’s Institute of Behavioral Science, a collaborative institute of five, interdisciplinary research programs that target problems in society.

Knight was assigned to the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, where she most recently participated in a Blueprints’ evaluation of the CASASTART program, an initiative to reduce delinquency, drug use and violence among high-risk youth that is used in schools across the nation.

Knight will teach Victimology in the fall.

"I love research; you get to do different things every day," said Dr. Knight. "I love interactions with students. I like to see when the light bulb goes on. I’ll try to help them figure out what they need to be successful."

Dr. Knight’s dissertation was on “Assortative Mating and Partner Influence on Problem Behaviors across the Life Course,” which tries to determine if anti-social individuals select into relationships with similar partners or if socialization occurs over time.

Dr. Knight is interested in studying problem behaviors throughout the life course as well as intergenerationally. She has extensive training in methodology and would like to give students a good background in the theories and methods of criminology.

She contributed a book chapter, "Responding to Health and Medical Needs of Female Offenders" to What Works with Women Offenders, edited by Rosemary Sheehan, Gill McIvor and Chris Trotter. She also has published articles in several academic journals, including the Journal of Family Theory and Review, and made presentations at various conferences, including the American Sociological Association and the American Society of Criminology.

Dr. Knight received her Masters of Psychology from San Francisco State University and her bachelors of psychology from the State University of New York at Oswego.

Dr. Knight does volunteer work in the community, whether it is preparing meals for a homeless shelter or working with abused horses.

"It has always been a part of my life," Dr. Knight said. "It’s a nice way to get grounded."

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