Dr. Kelly Welch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Villanova University. She earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in Criminology from Florida State University’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her B.A. in Social Ecology is from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Welch’s scholarship addresses how individuals are categorized as criminals as well as the methods and rationales used to control and punish them. In her research, she examines racial and ethnic disparities in school discipline and the school-to-prison pipeline, the influences on criminal and terrorist stereotypes, how support for racial profiling develops, and public support for both formal and informal social controls for juveniles and adults. Because of Dr. Welch’s recognized expertise on these matters, she has served as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice and others. She has given a number of academic and public talks about her research and its implications, and her publications have appeared in prestigious scientific journals such as Criminology, Social Problems, Race and Justice, and Sociology of Education.

Since 2004, Dr. Welch has taught various undergraduate and graduate courses at Villanova University. In the undergraduate criminology program, she regularly teaches Introduction to Criminology, Seminar in Social Justice, Race, Crime, & Justice, and the capstone Senior Seminar for graduating majors.