Megan Denver is a recent and distinguished addition to the faculty at the Northeastern University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Previously an assistant professor at Florida State University, she developed a keen understanding of the criminal justice system through advancing her education and immersing herself in complex research. She received her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University at Albany and her master’s degree in sociology from the University of Delaware.
As a professor, Denver wants to help criminal justice majors grasp the excitement behind and the importance of research, careers, and coverage within the field. She believes a narrow set of images often comes to mind when individuals think of criminal justice, but the field is much larger, more diverse, and more complex than many realize. She advises current and prospective students alike to meet with different professionals to gain a more thorough understanding of possibilities in criminology and criminal justice. She is also an advocate for tracking policy changes and developments in the news, as this can help students expose themselves to agencies or careers that may be of interest to them. Northeastern University’s focus on experiential learning ties into Denver’s suggestions and provides a unique avenue for students to achieve a deeper understanding of the field via co-op positions. The variety of co-ops available demonstrate the true diversity of the major that Denver addresses.
Denver was a 2016 National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellow, received the 2018 University Distinguished Dissertation Award (University at Albany), previously worked as a research associate at the Urban Institute, and has made several contributions to renowned publications including Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. The majority of Denver’s research is focused on criminal record stigma, employment and recidivism, credentialing decisions for people with criminal records, and desistance.