Monica Williams

Associate Professor
Criminal Justice Department

Ph.D. 2013, University of California, Davis

Email (preferred):
Phone: (801) 626-6231

Curriculum Vitae

Interest Areas

Community and institutional responses to crime, policing, sex offenders, law and society, research methods

Current Research

  • Williams, Monica and Pamela Payne. "Engaging Undergraduates in Co-curricular Community-based Research: Strategies for Success." Revise and resubmit at the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.
  • Williams, Monica, Erin Comartin, and Robert Lytle. "The Laws that Weren't: State Resistance to the Allure of Sex Offender Residence Restrictions." Under review at Law and Policy.
  • Williams, Monica. “Suspicion or Protection? Explaining Public Support for Body-Worn Cameras in Law Enforcement.”
  • Williams, Monica and Azenett Garza. "An Exploration of How Racial and Ethnic Minority Status, Neighborhood Risk Levels, Informal Social Control and Collective Efficacy Impact Satisfaction with Police." Journal article in progress.

Selected Scholarship

Selected Community Engaged Research

As the faculty adviser for the Community Research Team at Weber State's Center for Community Engaged Learning, I have mentored numerous students on designing and implementing research projects in collaboration with community partners. The following list briefly describes these projects.

  • Ogden policing survey. 2016-2017, and 2018-present. A survey conducted in collaboration with the Ogden Police Department to assess Ogden residents' perceptions of and attitudes toward the police. Principal Investigator: Monica Williams; Student leaders: Gary Duran, Steiner Houston, Hannah Huffman, Carlee Smith.
  • Forever Bound Adoption Survey. 2018-present. A sruvey conducted in collaboration with Forever Bound Adoption to examine how open adoptions impact birth parents. Principal Investigator: Monica Williams; Student leaders: Tina Pastrana, Shireen Rizeai.
  • Death and dying focus groups. 2018-present. Focus groups conducted in collaboration with Intermountain Homehealth and Hospice to learn more about how people think about death and dying. Principal Investigator: Monica Williams; Student leaders: Kailee Brown, Will Kirshner.
  • Ogden policing disproportionate minority contact project. 2017-2018. A research project being designed with and for Ogden Police Department to assess disproportionate contact with minority groups in Ogden. Principal Investigator: Monica Wiliams and Pamela Payne; Student leaders: Steiner Houston and Carrie Stone.
  • Project Success research project. 2016-2018. A research project with and for the Project Success Coalition. Principal Investigator: Monica Williams and Pamela Payne; Student leaders: Madelaine Tesori and Courtney Condie.
  • South Ogden survey. 2014-2017. A survey conducted in collaboration with South Ogden City to assess South Ogden residents' perceptions of and satisfaction with local government services. Principal Investigators: Monica Williams and Pamela Payne; Student leaders: Ailee Irvine, Yolanda Fredrickson, and Courtney Condie.
  • DaVinci Academy surveys. 2015-2017. A set of surveys of parents, teachers, and students at DaVinci Academy to help assess whether the school is meeting its stated mission. Principal Investigators: Pamela Payne and Monica Williams; Student leaders: Tess Kendall and Marla Rosenvall.

Awards and Honors

  • Certificate of Merit. 2018. Ogden Police Department, Ogden, UT.
  • Gene Sessions Outstanding Teaching Award. 2017. College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Weber State University.
  • Utah Campus Compact Presidential Award for Community Engaged Faculty Member. 2017. Center for Community Engaged Learning, Weber State University.

Courses Taught

  • CJ 1010: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 2300: Policing: History, Theory, and Practice
  • CJ 3600: Criminal Justice Statistics
  • CJ 4065: Law & Society
  • CJ 4900: Sex Crime and the Criminal Justice System
  • CJ4950/MCJ6250: Criminal Justice in London Study Abroad
  • CJ 4995: Senior Capstone
  • MCJ 6130: Law and Social Control
  • MCJ 6255: Great Thoughts in Criminal Justice