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 and formerly served as Graduate Director and Associate Chair within the 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.
Her professional service activities include serving formerly as the Associate Chair of the Criminology Program, as the Faculty Mentor to the Terry Scholars Program, as a member of the 2011 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 currently serves as the inaugural president of the recently founded UT Dallas chapter of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.