Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Humanities and Social Sciences
Kyle C. Ward, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Ward graduated with a Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in August 2015. He holds an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a B.S. from Lebanon Valley College where he double majored in Psychology and Criminal Justice. His research interests lie primarily in jail and prison reentry, corrections, policing, rural crime and evidence-based crime prevention programs and policies. His dissertation, recently released as a monograph with Routledge publishing (Rural Jail Reentry: Offender Needs and Challenges), explored the challenges of jail reentry in rural Pennsylvania.
Dr. Ward has experience creating and maintaining partnerships with criminal justice agencies in both Colorado and Pennsylvania. Dr. Ward currently runs a program called, Reading for a Change in Weld County and Boulder County Jails, in Colorado. The program involves Dr. Ward and undergraduate/graduate student volunteers recording parents reading books to their children. These books and recordings are later mailed to their children, providing the parents an opportunity to maintain or build social bonds while away.