Criminal Justice Department

Faculty Profile

Molly George, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology

Phone: (805) 493-3437
Office: Swenson #223
Curriculum Vitae: Download


Dr. Molly George is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice and Sociology Departments. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her B.A. from the University of Denver. Her teaching specialization is undergraduate research, including both qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr. George also teaches courses on white-collar crime, deviance, as well as race/ethnicity/gender and crime.

In addition, Dr. George has served as the faculty advisor for the student clubs and honor societies in the Criminal Justice and Sociology Departments, as well as the faculty mentor for CLU's Women's Soccer team.

Dr. George's current research area is law enforcement, with a focus on police technology, immigration enforcement, and police-community interactions. In past projects, she has focused on the sociology of work and occupations, sport, and gender. Her work has been published in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Sociological Inquiry, Teaching Sociology, The Journal of Criminal Justice Education as well as in Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia, and in the edited collections Sport, Power, and Society: Institutions and Practices and Collective Efficacy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Leadership.


Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
M.A., with honors, Sociology, UCSB
B.A., with honors, Sociology, University of Denver



Research Methods (Qualitative and Quantitative)
Law Enforcement and Community Interactions
Work and Occupations/the Labor Market
Sociology of Sport




George, Molly, Robert Meadows, Helen Lim, and Schannae Lucas. 2015. “Learning by Doing: Experiential Learning in Criminal Justice,” Journal of Criminal Justice Education.6(4): 471-492.

George, Molly. 2013. "Seeking Legitimacy: The Professionalization of Life Coaching." Sociological Inquiry. 83(2):179-208.

George, Molly. 2013. "Teaching Undergraduates Focus Group Interviewing: Benefits and Challenges.” Teaching Sociology.41(3): 257-270.

George, Molly. 2013. “Lifestyle Work.” Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia,edited by Vicki Smith. Thousand Oaks, Sage Publications.

George, Molly. 2013. “The Sociology of Leadership Coaching.” Collective Efficacy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Leadership, edited by Anthony H. Normore and Nancy Erbe. Bingley, UK, Emerald Group Publishing.

George, Molly. 2008. "Interactions in Expert Service Work: Demonstrating Professionalism in Personal Training." Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 37(1): 108-31.

George, Molly. 2005. "Making Sense of Muscle: Body Experiences of Collegiate Women Athletes." Sociological Inquiry 75(3): 317-345.

Reprinted in: Robert E. Washington and David Karen (eds.) Sport, Power, and Society: Institutions and Practices: A Reader. 2010. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.