Forrest Rodgers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminology

Forrest is a sociocriminologist and theoretician whose primary teaching and research interests include race/ethnicity, crime, and (in)justice, hate crimes against LGBT people of color, criminological theories, and effective teaching practices. His passion...

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Contact Information

  • Office Hours Fall 2022
    Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
    Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.

  • (509) 313-4717

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph. D. Sociology, University of Oklahoma

M.S. Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

B.A. Criminology, Arkansas State University

Courses Taught

CRIM 101: Crime, Social Control, and Justice

CRIM 312: Criminological Theories

CRIM 362: BIPOC Crime and Justice

CRIM 397: Drugs and Crime

CRIM 399: The Death Penalty

SOCI/CRIM 497: Internships

CRIM 499: Criminology Senior Capstone


Forrest is a sociocriminologist and theoretician whose primary teaching and research interests include race/ethnicity, crime, and (in)justice, hate crimes against LGBT people of color, criminological theories, and effective teaching practices. His passion lies in engaging students in critical dialogue on controversial issues regarding human rights and injustice. Furthermore, he enjoys mentoring students with their own research endeavors and preparation for graduate study.

His current research projects explore: a) officer demoralization while policing the opioid epidemic; b) public support for the death penalty during the Trump administration; c) college student preferences for faculty-in-residence diversity programming; and d) symbolic racism and legal punitiveness.