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Deborah Plechner - Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Adjunct Assistant Professor

Deborah Plechner

Deborah Plechner is a feminist sociologist and criminologist. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside in 2002 and specialized in the study of crime/law and social inequality, including gender, race and class. Deborah taught for the Department of Sociology-Anthropology for several years before joining the Women's Studies Department in 2007, and she has taught a wide variety of courses dealing with crime, corrections, juvenile justice, law, social inequality, and women's studies. Her research interests include social inequality, deviance and social control, juvenile delinquency and justice, restorative justice, the lives and experiences of women as victims and offenders of crime, medicine and alternative healthcare practices, and food. Deborah has held a variety of jobs, including being an enlisted member of the US Air Force for 4 years, professional cook, factory worker and teen counselor. In her spare time she loves to swim, hike and cook, and volunteers with Men as Peacemakers and Mentor Duluth.