Kara Hoofnagle

Assistant Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

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My desire to research and influence policy is driven by my passion to help victims and Criminal Justice practitioners.“


As the chair of the Criminal Justice program, Kara Hoofnagle enjoys researching policing, drugs, social inequality, gender and crime, corporate crime, and state crimes. Many of her written works on these topics have been published in academic journals and books.

In her dissertation, Hoofnagle became the first criminologist in the nation to conduct research on the impact of the legalization of marijuana on police officers.

In 2015, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Hoofnagle to the state’s Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) Board, which documents and manages the training and certification of all active and reserve officers working for Colorado law enforcement agencies.

Personal Statement

Exposure to a world filled with violence and the reality of victimization led me to pursue a terminal degreee in Criminology and Criminal Justice. My desire to research and influence policy is driven by my passion to help victims, Criminal Justice practitioners, and to hold those who harm others accountable. I believe in bringing hands-on education to students in the classroom and desire to ensure that those who graduate from JWU Denver bring to the field a skillset that sets them apart from their competition.