Monica Williams

Associate Professor
Criminal Justice Department

Ph.D. 2013, University of California, Davis

Email (preferred): monicawilliams@weber.edu
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.”
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  • 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.
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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