Associate ProfessorCriminal Justice Department
Community and institutional responses to crime, policing, sex offenders, law and society, research methods
- 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.
- Williams, Monica. 2018. The Sex Offender Housing Dilemma: Community Activism, Safety, and Social Justice. New York: New York University Press.
- Williams, Monica. 2018. "Constructing Hysteria: Legal Signals as Producers of Siting Conflicts over Sexually Violent Predatory Placements." Law & Social Inquiry. 43(3): 706-731.
- Leverentz, Andrea and Monica Williams. 2017. "Contextualizing Community Crime Control: Race, Geography, and Configurations of Control in Four Communities." With Andrea Leverentz. Criminology. 55(1): 112-136.
- Williams, Monica. 2015. “Four keys to Success in Engaging Undergraduates in Co- curricular Community-based Research.” In the Classroom: A Blog about Undergrad Teaching and Learning. Posted on October, 28, 2015.
- Williams, Monica and Bill McCarthy. 2014. “Assessing Stereotypes of Adolescent Rape.” Journal of Criminal Justice. 42(6): 557-567.
- Williams, Monica. 2012. Beyond the Retributive Public: Governance and Public Opinion on Penal Policy.Journal of Crime and Justice 35(1): 93-113.
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.
- 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