Bio: Dr. Lonnie Schaible joined the School of Public Affairs as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in 2009. His research is currently focused on assessing the degree to which cultural features can help to explain cross-national variations in levels of homicide. He is also interested in how organizational change and occupational values are consequential for police cynicism and burnout. Prior to coming to UCCS, Dr. Schaible has worked as a Police Planner for the Spokane Police Department and as an Assistant Professor at Eastern Washington University. He earned his Ph.D. from Washington State University with emphases in Criminology and Social Psychology.
Growing up in a working class family in Montana and being a first generation college graduate, Dr. Schaible never imagined that he would one day become a professor. As such, he views his path to UC Denver as the culmination of a series of fortunate encounters and opportunities. At a high school guidance counselor’s suggestion, he applied for and was admitted to the University of Montana in the fall of 1993. Uncertain as a freshman about his major, he had the good fortune of enrolling in Dr. Bill McBroom’s (now retired from UM) introductory sociology and social psychology classes. It was at this point that he developed his passion for the study of sociology and more broadly human behavior. Benefiting from Dr. McBroom’s mentoring and relentless attention to academic rigor, as well as instruction from other outstanding faculty members at UM, he went on to complete his BA in Sociology and Psychology (1997) and MA in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology (1999).
Subsequent to completing his MA at UM, he accepted an assistantship to the doctoral program in Sociology at Washington State University where he completed coursework in the areas of Social Psychology and Criminology . While completing his doctoral work at WSU, he had the opportunity to be exposed to world renowned scholars in the areas of criminology and social psychology including Peter Burke and Jan Stets (identity theory), Charles Tittle (control balance), Louis Gray (satisfaction balance), Gene Rosa (risk and environment) and Viktor Gecas (self efficacy and socialization). He also benefitted from the influences of a number of up and coming scholars in residence at WSU, such as Carter Hay, Tom Rotolo, and Clay Mosher. Among the most significant of these intellectual influences was Vik Gecas who served as chair of his dissertation committee, and greatly contributed to development of ideas for his dissertation on the impact of values and emotional labor within policing. Following a desire to apply his knowledge outside of academia, he elected to work as a Police Planner with the Spokane Police Department while he worked toward completing his dissertation. Although he enjoyed his time and service at Spokane Police Department, he found himself longing for the academic “life of the mind” and accepted a tenure-track position in Sociology and Justice Studies at Eastern Washington University. However soon he found that his teaching load did not permit sufficient time to fully pursue his research interests. In August 2009 he joined the School of Public Affairs on the Colorado Springs campus, and now works out of the Denver campus.
Areas of Interest: Cross-National Crime, Policing Philosophies, Organizational Change in Policing, Police Values, Police Mediation, Criminological Theory