Kara Hoofnagle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor  |  Criminal Justice  |  John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences
Denver Campus


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.

Ph.D., Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
M.A., Applied Sociology (Criminal Justice emphasis), Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
B.S., Criminal Justice, Old Dominion University (Magna Cum Laude), Norfolk, Virginia


  • corporate crime; criminal justice; gender and crime; social inequality; state crimes

Media Coverage:

  • Explorers compete for law enforcement trophy, NBC KUSA 9NEWS