Professor of Sociology - Department Chair
- B.A., California, Berkeley 1990
- M.A., California, Davis 1993
- Ph.D., California, Davis 1999
- SOCI 100: Introduction to Sociology
- SOCI 342: Social Statistics
- SOAN 240: Research Methods
- SOCI 213: Deviance and Criminology
- First-Year Seminar
Awards and Professional Memberships
- George Gund Foundation Research Grant
- National Science Foundation Research Grant
- Ford Foundation Research Grant
- United States Department of Justice Research Grant
- American Sociological Association
- Editorial Board, Teaching Sociology 2007-2010
- Locked Up, Locked Out: Young Men in Juvenile Justice System (Vanderbilt University Press, 2010).
- Setting the Bar High: Danish Youth Education Counselors and National School-Completion Goals. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling. 2014.
- Juvenile Justice in Slovakia. In Winterdyk, J. (Ed.). International Perspectives on Juvenile Justice Systems, Trends, and Practices. Taylor and Francis Press. Forthcoming. Co-author Dagmar Kusa. Forthcoming 2014.
- The Impact of the Prison on the Juvenile Father. In Barrett, K. and George, B. (Eds). Race, Culture, Psychology, and Law. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press, Pps. 361-372, 2005.
- Fathers in Prison and Parenting Programs. In Bosworth, M. (Ed.) American Encyclopedia of Corrections. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press, 2005.
- Returning to Strangers: Newly Paroled Young Fathers and their Children. In Mary Pattillo, David Weiman, and Bruce Western (Eds.) Imprisoning America: The Social Effects of Mass Incarceration. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2004.
- Fatherhood Arrested: Parenting from within the Juvenile Justice System (Vanderbilt University Press, 2002).
Professor Nurse's most recent research examines the efficacy and unintended consequences of child sexual abuse prevention programs. In the past, she studied juvenile prison and reentry, authoring Fatherhood Arrested: Parenting from Within the Juvenile Justice System(Vanderbilt Press, 2002) and Locked Up, Locked Out: Young Men in the Juvenile Justice System (Vanderbilt Press 2010). This year she and Heather Fitz Gibbon produced the 9th Edition of the textbook Social Inequality: Forms, Causes, and Consequences (Routledge Press, 2016). She teaches Introduction to Sociology, Criminology and Deviance (the “prison class”), and Social Statistics.