Ph.D. Candidate


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    Tuesdays 9 AM - 12 PM, or by appointment
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Ph.D. Candidate
    • Graduate Teaching Instructor
    • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Concentration:

    • Crime, Law, &
    • Deviance
    • Criminology
    • Qualitative Methods
  • Department:

    • Sociology
  • Education:

    • M.A. in Sociology from Colorado State University
    • B.A. in Sociology from the University of Georgia
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Kellie Alexander is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. Kellie graduated from the University of Georgia in 2014 with her bachelor's and received her M.A. from Colorado State University's Department of Sociology in 2018. Her research interests broadly span crime, deviance, law, and green criminology. Her M.A. thesis explored college students' understandings and perceptions of hazing using qualitative research methods. Kellie also researches in the field of green criminology, specifically looking at the production of harm associated with fracking in Colorado. Kellie's dissertation project currently uses a mixed-methods study to examine administrative responses to university hazing in the U.S.

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Journal Articles

Alexander, K. D., & Nowacki, J. S. (2021). “Women in Power? Examining Gender and Promotion in Policing Through an Organizational Perspective,” Feminist Criminology, 17(2):293-311. DOI: 10.1177/15570851211061744

Alexander, K. (2020). ‘“It’s Just a Prank, Bro!’: Examining College Hazing with Constructivist Grounded Theory and Qualitative Research Methods,” The Qualitative Report, 25(10): 3641-3656.

Alexander, K. & T. Opsal (2020). ‘“That’s Just What You Do’: Applying the Techniques of Neutralization to College Hazing,” Deviant Behavior, 42(10): 1295-1312. DOI: 10.1080/01639625.2020.1738649

Book Chapters

Alexander, K., O’Connor Shelley, T., & T. Opsal. 2020. “Fracking the Rockies: The Production of Harm,” in Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology, 2nd ed. A. Brisman & N. South (Eds).

Book Reviews

Alexander, K. 2019. Book Review of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, by E. Klinenberg. Acta Sociologica, 63(1):126-127. DOI: 10.1177/0001699319878098

Encyclopedia Entries

Alexander, K. & T. Opsal. (2019). Incarcerated Women and Their Families. Encyclopedia of Women and Crime, 2nd ed. Francis P. Bernat and Kelly Frailing (Eds). Wiley-Blackwell.

Opsal, T. & K. Alexander. (2019). Gender and Community Corrections Experience. Encyclopedia of

Women and Crime, 2nd ed. Francis P. Bernat and Kelly Frailing (Eds). Wiley-Blackwell.

Technical Reports

Terranova, V., Alexander, K., & Piper, D. 2022. Bexar County Reentry Evaluation – Programs and Services. Report for Bexar County Reentry Center, pp. 1-64.


  • SOC 253.001 (Introduction to Criminal Justice & Criminology)

  • SOC 100.005 (Introduction to Sociology, Credit Recovery Section)