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College of Arts and Sciences

Criminal Justice Program

Adrienne Freng


Department Chair, Professor
307-766-2307 | AS 309

Academic Credits

Ph.D., 2001, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology.
M.A., 1997, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology.
B.A., 1995, Black Hills State University, Sociology and Psychology.

Academic Positions

  • University of Wyoming, Department of Criminal Justice, Professor.

Classes Taught

  • Crime Causation
  • Criminology
  • Ethics
  • Gangs
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Research Methods

Research Interests

  • Criminology and Juvenile Justice
  • Race and Crime
  • American Indian Issues
  • Research Methods

Research Experience

My research experience has included several research projects. I have been involved in several evaluations of National Evaluation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.). I have also examined the educational experiences, lethal violence, re-entry, and gangs among American Indian populations. As indicated by my research activities, my primary interest is to examine the intersection between race and crime. This research experience has led to several publications and presentations regarding minority portrayal in media, methodological issues regarding evaluation research, offending for gang and non-gang members, the role of race in gang membership and violence, and American Indian issues.

Other Activities

In addition to my teaching and research, I have also served as the Managing Editor for Justice Quarterly, the publication of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Currently, I am serving as advisor to Alpha Phi Sigma. I have also served as Executive Board member, Vice President, and President of the Western Society of Criminology and was awarded the Joseph D. Lohman Award in 2010.  Other duties include an appointment to the Governor's Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice.  Beyond academia, I have worked as a counselor in a group home for delinquent boys and have served as a probation officer as part of an internship with Lawrence County, South Dakota.

2012 Team Player

Team Player Award
Adriennne Freng receiving 2012 Team Player Award from former CJ Chair Bob Schuhmann.

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