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Elizabeth Watts Warren, PhD

Lecturer - Department of Sociology

In 2013, Dr. Elizabeth Watts Warren joined the faculty at the University of Georgia Griffin campus when the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences launched its AB degree-completion program in Interdisciplinary Studies.  Dr. Watts Warren became the program’s founding sociology faculty member and brought with her an extensive resume in teaching and service.  Dr. Watts Warren earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Georgia in 2002 with a qualitative and quantitative analysis of punishment in Postbellum Georgia.  The American Sociological Association selected her as a Fellow (1993 – 1996), and she joined the faculty of Augusta State College (now Augusta University) in 2004.  There, she distinguished herself as a new faculty member and immediately received the Most Valuable Professor Award in 2005.  Subsequently, Dr. Watts Warren joined the faculty of Gordon State College.  During her time there, she earned tenure, was awarded a Governor’s Teaching Fellowship, and instituted the College’s first-ever Center for Teaching and Learning.  Since coming to the University of Georgia, she has taught a wide-variety of courses, including SOCI 3150 Criminal Punishment and Society, SOCI 4830 Sociology of Law, SOCI 3220 Development of Sociological Theory, SOCI 4370 Seminar in Race and Ethnicity, SOCI 3810 Criminology, and SOCI 3820S Communities and Crime.  Dr. Watts Warren, a former University of Georgia Service Learning Fellow (2015), combines her commitment to public service with the design of her SOCI 3820S Communities and Crime course. She has presented original research at a range of local, state, and national conferences as well as in university settings, and has published articles on gender studies and education.  Keenly involved for over two decades in projects linking education to community issues/needs, Dr. Watts Warren remains actively engaged in research and service at the local level.

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