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Allison M. Cotton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Dr. Allison Cotton, an Associate Professor of Criminology, has recently published Effigy: Images of Capital Defendants (Issues in Crime and Justice). A member of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology for seven years, Allison has a special interest in female offenders, an aspect of the criminal justice systems that she believes is under represented and also under taught in the classroom. As a result, Allison has developed a series of courses: one on female offenders, and a more specialized course on women and violence, which runs in sequence at MSU Denver.

Allison is a native of Colorado. Born in Boulder, she enjoys soul food, live music, spectator sports, and African art and literature. Allison is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

She is an avid fan of spoken word performances and can guide you to Denver’s best events. She follows Slam Nuba at various poetry slam events in the city and will be the first to tell you that the Slam Nuba team won The Nation Poetry Slam Championship in 2011. Allison may be the SPS resident expert on underground music venues and cafes as well. She may point you in the direction of her favorite bookstore, The Tattered Cover, which is within walking distance from the campus. Not only does this independently owned store have an extensive selection of reading materials, it also serves as a resource for music, book readings, concerts and offbeat events in Denver.

Denver is a great place to live. It has more cultural events for minorities than it might first appear. You need to be connected to know where to go. But there’s a whole scene––cafes, music, and art. It’s all here and there is plenty to do.

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