Faculty Experts - Kelly Welch, Ph.D.

Kelly Welch, Ph.D.

Kelly Welch, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Criminology
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Race, Ethnicity, and Justice
  • Sociology of Punishment
  • Social Justice
  • Criminological Theory
  • Public Opinion and Public Policy


Dr. Welch is the source to turn to for information and comment about some of the most provocative criminal and social justice issues of our time. She can speak authoritatively about racial and ethnic profiling, inequality and crime, how public opinion affects the harshness of criminal punishment, the root causes of crimes, and victims' rights. Welch can also discuss the rising need for social justice in relation to law enforcement, criminal punishment, school discipline, the criminal justice system, and society as a whole.


  • Ph.D., Florida State University
  • M.S., Florida State University
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine

Selected Publications

  • Welch, Kelly and Allison Ann Payne (2012). "Exclusionary school punishment: The effect of racial threat on expulsion and suspension." Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 10:155-171.
  • Welch, Kelly (2011). "Parental status and punitiveness: Moderating effects of gender and concern about crime." Crime & Delinquency 57:878-906.
  • Welch, Kelly, Allison Ann Payne, Ted Chiricos, and Marc Gertz (2011). "The typification of Hispanics as criminals and support for punitive crime control policies." Social Science Research, 40:822-840.
  • Payne, Allison and Kelly Welch, "Modeling the Effects of Racial Threat on Punitive and Restorative School Discipline Practices." Criminology August 2010. 
  • Welch, Kelly and Payne, Allison Ann (2010). "Racial Threat and Punitive School Discipline." Social Problems 57:25-48.
  • Welch, Kelly, "Parental Status and Punitiveness: Moderating Effects of Gender and Concern About Crime." Crime & Delinquency, pre-published online April 7, 2009, doi: 101177/0011128708330101.
  • Welch, Kelly (2009). Howard Zinn's Critical Criminology: Understanding his Criminological Perspective. Contemporary Justice Review 12:511-529.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Program Faculty, Center for Peace and Justice, Villanova University
  • Expert Witness and Litigative Consultant, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division 
  • Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Office of Statewide Intelligence, Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Facilitator, Prison Reintegrative Therapy. ESUBA: Men Helping Men and Women Helping Women Turn Abuse Around. Administered through Florida Department of Corrections.
  • Instructor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University

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