Molly  George

Molly George, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
(805) 493-3437
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Dr. Molly George is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. 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 Criminal Justice Student Association, 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-community interactions, body cameras, and immigration enforcement. 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 Criminal Investigation and Criminology, the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Sociological Inquiry, Teaching Sociology,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)
Police-Community Interactions
Work and Occupations/the Labor Market
Sociology of Sport




Peer-Reviewed Articles: 

George, Molly and Robert Meadows. 2016. “Policing on the Surveillance Frontier: Officer Perspectives of Body-Worn Cameras,” Journal of Criminal Investigation and Criminology. 67(4): 300-312.

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. 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.

Book Chapters, Encyclopedia Entries, Book Reviews

George, Molly. 2019. Book Review of Tomas C. Mijares' (2018) “Careers for the criminal justice major: A practical guide to course selection, descriptions of entry-level positions and best prospects for career development.” Journal of Criminal Justice Education

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

George, Molly. 2010 “Making Sense of Muscle: Body Experiences of Collegiate Women Athletes.” Article reprinted in: R. E. Washington and D. Karen (eds.) Sport, Power, and Society: Institutions and Practices: A Reader. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.  






Grant Funding

Ventura Council of Governments Grant, 2018-2019, ($8,000),  "A Systematic Impact Evaluation of Project Safe Passage." 

Culver Mentor Grant, 2018-2019 ($2,000), “Risk and Resilience: Overcoming Neighborhood Disadvantage," California Lutheran University.

Culver Mentor Grant, 2016-2017 ($2,000), “Project Safe Passage: Evaluating Community Policing & Educational Interventions for At-Risk Children," California Lutheran University.

Culver Mentor Grant, 2015-2016 ($2,000), “Exploring the Use of Police Body Cameras,” California Lutheran University.

CEJ Fellowship for Research in the Service of Communities, 2012-2013 ($10,000), Immigration Enforcement on the Local Level: Understanding Interactions between Police Officers and Members of Immigrant Communities,” California Lutheran University. 


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