Department of Sociology

Marta Ascherio

M.Sc., University of Vermont

Marta Ascherio



political sociology, immigration, crime


Marta Ascherio is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology. In her dissertation, she uses multiple methods to investigate the causes and consequences of contemporary immigrant surveillance programs, particularly the use of technology and inter-operable databases.  Her research agenda exists at the intersection of science, technology, and society, international migration, and criminology.  

Marta is a Population Research Center (PRC) Graduate Student Trainee, and a fellow at the Urban Ethnography Lab (UEL). She recieved a MSc in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont.



SOC S325K • Criminology-Wb

82445 • Summer 2020
Internet; Asynchronous


This course will provide students tools to understand the social causes and consequences of crime and delinquency. Students will be introduced to various components of criminology with a focus on criminological theory, crime and violence in the United States, and the role of policing.  Throughout the course we will consider the implications for racial and economic inequality, and will critically assess a wide range of contemporary research. 

This is a on-demand online course, meaning that it does not meet in person and is not recorded live. However, the course is not entirely self-paced as students are required to do the following within a given week: watch the week's lecture videos, complete required readings, and participate in an online quiz for each lecture, and submit weekly reading responses.

Students are encouraged to go to for additional information and to test your computer and internet connectivity.  

Grading Policy

Reading quizzes (20%), reading responses (20%), literature review essay (30%), and final exam (30%). 


Course readings will be provided on canvas. 

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