Denise Paquette Boots, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Criminology from the University of South Florida in 2006 and joined the faculty here at UT Dallas in August of that year. She is a former juvenile residential counselor for adjudicated youth, Border Patrol Agent trainee, and Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the National Consortium on Violence Research. Dr. Boots is currently an Associate Professor of Criminology, is the Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Urban Policy Research and serves as Program Head for the Criminology Program.
Her present research focuses around issues related to violence and public policy. She has conducted research related to neuropsychological correlates of violence, life course perspectives of crime, mental health, child abuse, domestic violence, parricide, capital punishment, youth crime, and other forms of interpersonal aggression. Her publications provide critical discussion of key public policy implications relevant to criminological, social, and legal circles while varying methodologies, theoretical models, and methods of analyses.
Dr. Boots teaches classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including Introduction to Crime and Criminology, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Corrections, Family Violence over the Lifecourse, Homicide and Capital Punishment, and professionalization seminars for advanced graduate students. In 2009, Dr. Boots was one of nine tenure-track professors across the University of Texas system chosen to receive the prestigious UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for excellence in the classroom. In 2016 she received the President's Teaching Excellence Award.
Her professional service activities include serving as the Senior Executive Counselor with the Division on Women and Crime with the American Society of Criminology. In addition she serves as a member of the 2017 ACJS Program Committee, on the Editorial Board of the journal Violence Against Women, and as a consultant to various non-profit organizations and media outlets on topics related to violence. She was the inaugural president of the UT Dallas chapter of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and remains on the executive committee.