Melissa Tackett-Gibson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Clinical Teaching Track

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Dr. Tackett-Gibson is an Assistant Professor, Clinical Teaching Track, at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. She teaches Crime in the Media, Research Methods and introductory courses in criminal justice and criminology. Prior to joining the School of Public Affairs, she was a member of the sociology and criminal justice faculty at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She additionally taught at Texas A&M’s George Bush School of Government and worked for 10 years, conducting drug abuse research and juvenile justice program evaluation. Dr. Tackett-Gibson completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Marshall University. She earned an MA and PhD in Sociology from Northeastern University. Her dissertation focused on the impact of state-mandated performance evaluation on nonprofit organizations serving at-risk youth. More recently her interests have been shaped by her children’s love of science fiction and fantasy. She is currently engaged in research related to crime and punishment in science fiction and horror films.

Areas of Expertise

drug abuse, juvenile justice program evaluation, crime and punishment in science fiction and horror films

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Doctor of Philosophy is Sociology
Northeastern University

Master of Arts in Sociology
Northeastern University

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Marshall University

Curriculum Vitae


School of Public Affairs

CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street


Denver, CO 80204


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