Profile for Lisa Kruse

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Specialty area(s)

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Surveillance: sex offender registry, pretrial/post-adjudication surveillance, social media and other means of personal surveillance

Methods: qualitative methods, evaluation

Brief biography

Lisa Kruse is an associate professor in the department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology with specializations in methods and criminology. She is the vice chair of the La Crosse County Criminal Justice Management Council (CJMC) and the lead evaluator for the La Crosse County Drug Treatment Court and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Fresh Start Program for jail reentry. Previously, she was the vice chair for La Crosse’s National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) group. She also served as an evaluator for the Juvenile Justice Best Practices Task Force on disproportionate minority contact with juveniles in the public schools.  She continues to work with practitioners tracking cumulative disadvantage through the criminal justice system to address disparate contact with juvenile and adult racial minorities in the La Crosse area.

Current courses at UWL

SOC 110: Introduction to Sociology

SOC 250: Research Methods I

SOC 313: Law & Society

SOC 318: Surveillance & Society

SOC 324: Criminal Justice

SOC 390: Sociological Theory

Teaching history

2020-present: Associate Professor, UWL

2013-2020: Assistant Professor, UWL

2007-2012: Doctoral Associate/Lecturer, Western Michigan University




Nicholas Bakken and Lisa Kruse co-authored the article "An Examination of Sexual Victimization, Self-Injurious Behaviors, and Suicidality Among Female College Students" in "Journal of Interpersonal Violence" published on Oct. 5, 2019 by Sage.

Submitted on: Oct. 6, 2019



Jonathan Flinchum, Psychology; and Lisa Kruse and Dawn Norris, both Sociology; co-authored the article "Social Media as Public Sphere? Politics on Social Media" in "The Sociological Quarterly" published on Nov. 5, 2017 by Routledge. Social media platforms are popular sites, attracting millions of users who connect digitally. This has prompted some to argue that social media has promoted the return of Habermas’s ([1989] 1991) public sphere. We use data from in-depth interviews with Millennials and Generation Xers to refute this claim. Specifically, our results suggest that respondents do not engage in communicative action typical ofthe public sphere because they avoid political discourse online. Three factors influence this: (1) fear of online harassment and workplace surveillance; (2) engagement only with politically similar others; and (3) characterization of social media as a place for “happy” interactions. In addition, we find that these three factors interrelate, often sequentially, and we explore similarities and minor differences between Millennials and Generation Xers regarding each factor.

Submitted on: Nov. 9, 2017