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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Barbara Carson Ph.D.

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Barbara Carson

Barbara A. Carson, Ph.D

Department of Sociology and Corrections
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, Minnesota 56002
(507) 389-6265 (Voicemail)
(507) 389-1561


Ph.D. Sociology, University of New Hampshire - 1986

M.A. Sociology, University of Iowa  - 1980

B.A. Sociology/Anthropology, Western Illinois University   -  1975
         Minors: Spanish, Psychology

Areas of Expertise:

Violence, Societal Legitimation of Violence, Child Abuse

Criminal Justice, Corrections, Law Enforcement

Peace Research

Deviance and Social Control, Criminology, Drug Use

Sociology of the Family, Family Violence

Race and Ethnic Relations

Sociological Research Methods, Program Evaluation

Current Research Projects

  • Operationally defining restorative justice
  • European Sentencing practices that could reduce U.S. incarcenation rates.

Employment History:

 1991 - present - Professor, Department of Sociology and Corrections, Minnesota State University, Mankato

2006-2007  - Program Evaluator for drug courts in Brown, Nicollet, Watonwan counties and collaborative court in Fairbault, Martin, and Jackson counties, Minnesota

2005-2007  - Program Evaluator, Blue Earth County Drug Court

2003-2005  - Interim Affirmative Action Officer, Minnesota State University

2001-2006  - Director, Kessel Peace Institute, Minnesota State University

Courses Routinely Teach:

Community Corrections
Seminar on Violence
Jolt (Joint Opportunities to Learn and Thrive)
Working with Sex Offenders
Program Evaluation (Graduate Level)

Recent Thesis Supervision