Elizabeth Weltman

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Elizabeth Weltman is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at University of Colorado Boulder, specializing in Criminology. Her research interests broadly include gangs, criminal justice policy, victimization, fear of crime, and the intersection of crime and gender. She has earned a Certificate in Quantitative Methods for Behavioral Sciences, and she has experience with both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Currently, she serves as a Graduate Research Assistant for Professor David Pyrooz, managing the quantitative data collection for the NIJ-funded evaluation of the Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver (GRID). The GRID Evaluation Project will soon be concluded, and the results will shed light on the City of Denver’s policies using multi-disciplinary teams, outreach workers, and the Comprehensive Gang Model for promoting gang disengagement and criminal desistance.

Her dissertation will incorporate a mixed methods approach, focusing on gang disengagement and the role that masculinities may play in the disengagement process. Other research in progress involves subcultural norms and violent victimization among women, college students’ fear of mass shootings and attitudes towards campus gun policies, and the use of outreach workers in facilitating gang disengagement.

She earned an M.A. degree at the CU Boulder Sociology department in 2020.

She has served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in criminology classes in the CU Boulder Sociology department, including for SOCY 2044: Crime and Society and SOCY 4024: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency.