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School of Social Research and Justice Studies

ContactClayton D. Peoples, Ph.D. - Director, School of Social Research and Justice Studies
Phone(775) 784-4765
Fax(775) 784-1358
Location Office 209, Linoln Hall (LH)
Address 1664 N. Virginia Street
MS 300
Reno, NV 89557
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  • Mission


    The School was established by the Board of Regents in 2007 and consists of the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, Communication Studies as well as the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies.

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  • Our Faculty

    Our Faculty

    The School brings together faculty with expertise in a wide range of related areas, pursuing the intersections between our social structures and the interactions in which we engage and the identify. Meet our faculty...

  • Our Students

    Our Students

    Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and professions

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  • Communication Studies

    Communication Studies

    Communication Studies is a discipline that addresses communication processes at work in virtually all human activities.

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  • Criminal Justice

    Criminal Justice

    The content of criminal justice is interdisciplinary, drawing on theory developed in sociology, law, psychology, political science, and related fields.

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New Judicial Studies Director

Shawn Marsh

The School of Social Research and Justice Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno is pleased to announce that Shawn Marsh, Ph.D. has accepted the position of Director of the Judicial Studies Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Social Psychology.

He replaces the current director, Professor James T. Richardson, J.D., Ph.D., who will retire at the end of the current academic year after serving as faculty for 48 years.

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Social Justice Certificate

The Certificate in Social Justice provides student with a comprehensive understanding of the causes and consequences of inequality and social injustice. Additionally, it allows students to develop theoretically informed and methodologically sound solutions to local, national and global issues. Students will engage in research and scholarship on significant and current justice issues in society that broadly pertain to inequality and injustice in legal, criminal, and civil areas. Specific topics will vary each semester, but may include: mental health and illness; the justice system; housing policy; family conflict; economic inequality; homelessness; hate crimes; police violence; incarceration and prisoner rights; alternative dispute resolution; toxic communities; disabilities; and aging. Courses from all departments in the School of Social Research and Justice Studies, as well as the graduate programs in the Grant Sawyer Center, will be integrated in the Certificate.

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Who We Are

The School of Social Research and Justice Studies at UNR combines the research expertise and scholarly interests of faculty in the Departments of Communication Studies, Criminology and Sociology. It also houses the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies, a state-wide program for research and public service. Faculty in the school enjoy national and international reputations in their fields, publishing in the most prestigious professional journals and presenting papers at national and international conferences. The departments in the school provide a range of stimulating courses, undergraduate programs, and graduate programs for students with an interest in understanding the dynamics of our complex soci-political-legal world. The School brings together faculty with expertise in a wide range of related areas, pursuing the intersections between our social structures, the interactions in which we engage and the identities we develop. The School is particularly focused on research in communication, social processes, social structures and justice issues.

Areas of expertise of faculty include family and gender, mental health and illness, work and family, rhetoric and social movements, gender and sexualities, new religious movements, experiences of and attitudes toward Viet Nam Vets, economic development in Africa, juvenile offenders, ethnicity and identity, political corruption, attitudes across the globe, relationships between psychological characteristics, identity and attitudes and experiences, globalization, class and inequality.

What We Offer

Students majoring in any of the departments are encouraged to study across boundaries to broaden their academic experience. Students can either major or minor in any of the three academic areas represented in the School. The School includes several graduate programs, including an M.A. in Criminal Justice, an MA in Sociology and a Masters in Justice Management (offered on-line). The school also offeres a Masters and Ph.D program in Judicial Studies designed for sitting judges.

Situated within the College of Liberal Arts, the School benefits from relationships among a wide range of faculty. Further, faculty remain accessible to students as a result of the relatively small classes we are able to maintain after the introductory level. Students in the School may seek careers in policy making, social services, in not-for profit and government agencies, in research and analysis positions, public service, in public relations and human resources, and in the legal system at various levels, from police officers to court manager. Many majors continue on to law school or professional school.



The School of Social Research and Justice Studies was approved by the NSHE Board of Regents operation in January 2007.

JM Faculty

Our Faculty

Our faculty have a diverse range of interests and areas of expertise and are in an excellent position to advance a change-oriented curriculum and research agenda.

Our Students

Our Students

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