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Molly George, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology

Email: mgeorge@callutheran.edu
Phone: (805) 493-3437
Office: Swenson #223
Curriculum Vitae: Download


Dr. Molly George is an assistant professor in the Criminal Justice and Sociology Departments. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and her B.A. from the University of Denver. Her teaching specialization is undergraduate research, including both qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr. George also teaches courses on white-collar crime and the sociology of sport.

In addition, Dr. George serves as the faculty advisor for the student honor societies in the Criminal Justice Department, Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) and the Sociology Department, Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD).

Dr. George's current research examines law enforcement, addressing the areas of immigration enforcement and police body cameras. In past projects, she has focused on the sociology of work and occupations, sport, and gender. Her work has been published in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Sociological Inquiry, Teaching Sociology, The Journal of Criminal Justice Education as well as in Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia, and in the edited collections Sport, Power, and Society: Institutions and Practices and Collective Efficacy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Leadership.


Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
M.A., with honors, Sociology, UCSB
B.A., with honors, Sociology, University of Denver



Research Methods (Qualitative and Quantitative)
Law Enforcement (Immigration Enforcement and Police Technology)
Work and Occupations/the Labor Market
Sociology of Sport




George, Molly, Robert Meadows, Helen Lim, and Schannae Lucas. Forthcoming. “Learning by Doing: Experiential Learning in Criminal Justice,” Journal of Criminal Justice Education.             

George, Molly. 2013. "Seeking Legitimacy: The Professionalization of Life Coaching." Sociological Inquiry. 83(2):179-208.

George, Molly. 2013.  "Teaching Undergraduates Focus Group Interviewing: Benefits and Challenges.” Teaching Sociology. 41(3): 257-270.

George, Molly. 2013. “Lifestyle Work.” Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia,edited by Vicki Smith. Thousand Oaks, Sage Publications. 

George, Molly. 2013. “The Sociology of Leadership Coaching.” Collective Efficacy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Leadership, edited by Anthony H. Normore and Nancy Erbe. Bingley, UK, Emerald Group Publishing. 

George, Molly. 2008. "Interactions in Expert Service Work: Demonstrating Professionalism in Personal Training." Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 37(1): 108-31.

George, Molly. 2005. "Making Sense of Muscle: Body Experiences of Collegiate Women Athletes." Sociological Inquiry 75(3): 317-345.

Reprinted in: Robert E. Washington and David Karen (eds.) Sport, Power, and Society: Institutions and Practices: A Reader. 2010. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.




Grant Funding

Culver Mentor Grant, 2015-2016 ($2,000) for “Exploring the Use of Police Body Cameras,” California Lutheran University.

CEJ Fellowship for Research in the Service of Communities, 2012-2013 ($10,000) for Immigration Enforcement on the Local Level: Understanding Interactions between Police Officers and Members of Immigrant Communities,” with student fellow Arely Rivera-Rojas, California Lutheran University