Vivian Aranda-Hughes, PhD

Assistant Professor
Dr. Vivian Aranda-Hughes

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Vivian Aranda-Hughes has been an assistant professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs since 2022. Dr. Aranda-Hughes received her PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida State University. She has worked on multiple government-funded research projects and her work has been published in a variety of journals, including Social Problems, Justice Quarterly, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Feminist Criminology, and Crime and Delinquency. Dr. Aranda-Hughes’s research focuses, broadly, on crime, violence, and the criminal justice system.

Areas of Expertise

Race, ethnicity, and crime; correctional policies and experiences; interpersonal violence and victimization; gender and crime; family and intergenerational violence; mental health and trauma; poverty, crime, and violence; Latina/o and Indigenous populations.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Florida State University

Master of Arts in Sociology
Kansas State University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
University of Washington

Curriculum Vitae


School of Public Affairs

CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street


Denver, CO 80204


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