Curt Sobolewski, Ph.D.

Curt SobolewskiAssistant Professor

Criminology & Criminal Justice

571E Urban Center Building

Curriculum Vita (pdf)



Ph.D., Sociology, Arizona State University
M.A., Sociology, Baylor University
B.A., Philosophy/Sociology, Indiana University

Dr. Sobolewski earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from Arizona State University with specialties in social psychology and statistics. His areas of research and teaching interest include terrorism, variant sexual behavior, sex crimes, theory, and the relationship between criminal justice and popular culture. Dr. Sobolewski has published a textbook on sociology and has taught numerous courses on the topics of crime theory, sex crimes, crime in popular culture, terrorism, and race and crime.


Dr. Sobolewski usually teaches the following courses (subject to change):

CCJ 260 Criminal Justice & Pop Culture (campus program
CCJ 320U Theories Crime & Justice (campus program
CCJ 330U Crime Control Strategies (campus program
CCJ 355U Perspectives on Terrorism (campus program

Students in Dr. Sobolewski’s prior classes note the following about his teaching: 

“Prof. Sobolewski teaches some really interesting classes. I thought his class on terrorism was fantastic. His theory class was good too. Theory can get dull but he used the right amount of documentaries and lectures to get his message across well and keep us interested. I found myself walking to work, talking to myself about the difference between classical and neoclassical theory. I did that not because I had a test coming up, but because I was really thinking about the class material and wanted to really grasp it.”


“Dr. Sobolewski has a different, but very effective way of presenting his lectures. He doesn't rely much on the PowerPoint presentations he has created, but instead speaks on his knowledge of the subject. The theories taught in his classes can be confusing, but Dr. Sobolewski makes an effort to make them more understandable. He relates much of the material being taught to current events which gives some better perspective to the information being taught. Overall, Dr. Sobolewski is an excellent professor that really wants to connect with the students he teaches.”