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Date(s) - April 23, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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The 2019-21 Induction Ceremony for CSU Department of Sociology’s chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta Sociological Honor Society (AKD) will feature Keynote Speaker Dr. Melissa Rorie, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at UNLV.

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Don’t get mad, get wise: A criminological journey from helplessness to optimism

In this presentation, Dr. Rorie will discuss her journey from an undergraduate psychology major to her current career as a white-collar criminologist. She will describe how she failed to get into graduate school the first time around and what she did instead – and how unanswered prayers can be the best kind. Dr. Rorie will describe her current research focus and what motivates her on a day-to-day basis – the desire to help people recognize that we are all victims of crimes by powerful institutions and elites in society. She concludes with a call to students to further explore what truly harms society and to consider how they can use their skills to make our world a better place.

DR. MELISSA L. RORIE is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV). Her research predominantly examines the impact of formal and informal controls on corporate and white-collar offending. She is currently involved in a variety of projects that examine regulation and corporate compliance in the gaming industry, theoretical explanations for elite white-collar and corporate crime, and quantitative research methodology. Her research has been published in Oxford Handbooks and Edward Elgar readers as well as a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including: Crime, Law and Social Change, Criminology & Public Policy, Law & Policy, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Dr. Rorie recently won the “Young Scholar Award” (in 2018) as well as the “Outstanding Publication Award” (in 2017) from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of White-Collar and Corporate Crime. She teaches courses on research methods and white-collar crime and is actively involved in university-level and professional service, including serving as the faculty advisor for UNLV’s Criminal Justice Club, Chair of UNLV’s Admissions Committee, Vice-Chair of ASC’s Division of White-Collar and Corporate Crime, and a Convener of the ComplianceNet organization.

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