Lonnie Schaible, PhD


Director, Criminal Justice Research Initiative

Portrait of Lonnie Schaible

Email Address: lonnie.schaible@ucdenver.edu

Alternate Email Address: lonnie.m.schaible@ucdenver.edu

Primary Phone: 303-315-0041

Office Hours: By appointment



Lonnie Schaible joined the School of Public Affairs as an assistant professor of Criminal Justice on the Colorado Springs campus in 2009. In 2012, he was hired as a faculty member on the Denver campus. He earned tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2016 and professor in 2023. His research is wide ranging and has focused on eclectic topics ranging from the causes and correlates of homicide at the national level to the impact of emotional labor and identity on burnout among police. With sociology as his home discipline, he is especially interested in how sociological forces influence outcomes across a broad range of social contexts, especially: communities, neighborhoods, occupations and individuals.

Dr. Schaible is also interested in how social scientific research can be used responsibly to affect change and improvement in these contexts. While completing his dissertation, he worked as an analyst for the Spokane Police Department where he had the opportunity to apply his research skills to influence policy and practice. Since returning to academia, he has consulted and been involved in numerous applied evaluations and research partnerships, continuing his interest in the connection between social science and policy.

As a first-generation college graduate, he is passionate about mentoring and guiding students from all backgrounds to become better critical thinkers who are capable of utilizing their knowledge and skills to affect positive change in society. His hobbies include: hiking, fishing, hunting, running, gardening, exploring Denver's wide array of food and drink establishments, and spending time with his wife and daughter, enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.

Areas of Expertise

cross-national crime, policing philosophies, organizational change in policing, police values, police accountability, criminological theory

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology
Washington State University

Master of Arts in Sociology
University of Montana at Missoula

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology
University of Montana at Missoula

Curriculum Vitae


School of Public Affairs

CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street


Denver, CO 80204


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