Denise Boots

Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Urban Policy Research
Professor of Public Policy and Political Economy
Tags: Public Policy Political Economy

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Criminology
University of South Florida - 2006
M.A. - Criminology
University of South Florida - 2001
B.A. - Criminology
University of South Florida - 1995

Research Areas

Research Interests
 DENISE PAQUETTE BOOTS is a Professor of Public Policy and Political Economy and the Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a former U.S. Border Patrol Agent trainee, a Level 4 juvenile counselor for adjudicated youth and served as the past Program Head of the Criminology Program.  Her research agenda focuses on issues related to interpersonal violence, with a specific emphasis on domestic violence and homicide, child abuse and neglect, mental health, life-course criminology, neuropsychological vulnerabilities, capital punishment, gendered pathways to crime and victimization, parricide, and outcome and process evaluations of problem-solving courts and criminal justice programs. She has published one book, five book chapters, and approximately 30 peer-reviewed articles and has been an invited speaker or panelist for close to 100 professional presentations. Her professional community service activities include serving as the lead researcher and Executive Committee member for the City of Dallas Domestic Violence Taskforce, as an editorial board member for the respected journal Violence Against Women, and as the founding president and Executive Board member for Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society at UT Dallas. In 2010, she was awarded the University of Texas Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, one of the most selective and prestigious teaching awards in the country.  In 2016, she was awarded the Evelyn Gilbert Unsung Hero Award for her contributions to scholarship and teaching from the Minorities and Women Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.  In May of 2016 she was awarded the UT Dallas President’s Teaching Excellence Award for tenured faculty.  Dr. Boots is frequently called upon as a consultant to various non-profit, government, and community organizations, is a court-certified expert on family violence, sexual assault, and parricide, and is regularly sought out by national and local media outlets regarding topics related to interpersonal violence. 
 Her publications provide critical discussion of key public policy implications relevant to criminological, social, and legal circles while varying methodologies, theoretical models, and methods of analyses.

Publications

Boots, D. P., and Wareham, J. 2012. A gendered view of violence. Invited book chapter for Routledge Handbook on Gender and Crime Studies, Routledge Press, Claire Renzetti, Susan Miller, and Angela Gover (Eds.) pp. 163-179. 2012 - Publication
Wareham, J., and Boots, D. P. 2012. The link between mental health problems and youth violence in children and adolescents: A multilevel test of DSM-oriented problems. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 39, 1003-1024. 2012 - Publication
Bingham, A., Cochran, J. K., Boots, D. P., & Heide, K. M. (2011). Public support for preventive/corrective remedies against miscarriages of justice in capital cases. Justice Quarterly DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2011.619560, 1-25. 2011 - Publication
Boots, D. P. , and Cochran, J. K. The gender gap in support for capital punishment: A test of attribution theory. Women & Criminal Justice, 21(3). 2011 - Publication
Gender differences in mental health problems and violence among Chicago youth. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 9, 3-22. 2011 - Publication
Boots, D. P. 2011. Neurobiological perspectives of brain vulnerability in pathways to violence over the life-course. Invited book chapter in The Ashgate Research Companion To Biosocial Theories of Crime, K. M. Beaver and A. Walsh (Eds.) pp. 181-212. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press. 2011 - Publication
Gendered perspectives on depression and antisocial behaviors: An extension of the failure model in adolescent PHDCN girls and boys. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 38, 63-84. 2011 - Publication
Boots, D. P., and Wareham, J. Controlling for comorbidity matters: DSM-oriented scales and violent offending in Chicago cohorts. Aggressive Behavior, 35, 1-17. 2010 - Publication
Wareham, J., Boots, D. P., and Chavez, J. 2009. A test of social learning and intergenerational transmission among batterers. Journal of Criminal Justice 37:163-173. 2009 - Publication
Boots, D. P., Bihari, J., and Elliott, E. 2009. The state of the castle: An overview of recent trends in state castle doctrine legislation and public policy. Criminal Justice Review DOI:10.1177/0734016809332095. 2009 - Publication

Appointments

Border Patrol Agent Trainee
FLETC Training Center, Glynco, Georgia [1996–1996]
United States Department of Justice

Additional Information

Selected University Service and Activities
  • 2018                  Invited Faculty to Luncheon for New Faculty Orientation, Center for Teaching and Learning, UT Dallas
  • 2018-2019         Promotion Review Committee Member for Monika Rankin, UT Dallas
  • 2018-present     Invited Faculty Honor Affiliate, Honors College, UT Dallas
  • 2018-present     Faculty Academic Senate Member, UT Dallas
  • 2017-present     Invited Senior Mentor, Teaching Observation Program for junior faculty mentoring, UT Dallas
  • 2013-present     Executive Board Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, UT Dallas
  • 2016-2018         Working Group on Emergency Faculty Training Member, invited by Interim Provost Musselman to create and present training to all UT Dallas faculty on dealing with   student conflicts at multiple events across campus, UT Dallas
  • 2016-2018         SACSCOC Financial and Physical Resources and Information Technology Committee Member, UT Dallas
  • 2018                  Attend pre-dinner mix and dinner for McDermott finalists and families as invited Faculty Honor Affiliate, Honors College, UT Dallas
  • 2018                  Invited Speaker and Panelist for “Girl Power Talk” for underserved Dallas-area high school students at event by UTD organization No Girl Left Behind. Richardson, Texas.
  • 2018                  Invited Speaker for Spring RCR Professional Series: Mentor and Mentee Responsibilities and Relationship for UT Dallas Office of Research. Richardson, Texas.
  • 2017                  Table discussant leader at the Center for Children and Families Annual Forum. Dallas, Texas
  • 2017                  Tenure and Promotion Review Ad Hoc Committee Member for Shelyh Warren, UT Dallas
  • 2017                  Honors Convocation, Faculty Member for Procession, UT Dallas
  • 2017                  Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Committee Member, UT Dallas
  • 2016-2017         Tenure and Promotion Review Ad Hoc Committee Member for Robert Ackerman, UT Dallas
  • 2016-2017         Tenure and Promotion Review Ad Hoc Committee Member for Nadine Connell, UT Dallas
  • 2013-2016         Campus Facilities Planning Committee Chair, UT Dallas
  • 2016                  Trunk-or-Treat Event for Literacy, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, UT Dallas
  • 2016                  Invited speaker for UT Dallas Institutional Review Board Training Series. Responsible Conduct of Research Fall 2016 Series: Human Subjects in Research, UT Dallas
  • 2016                  3+3 Faculty Senate (Appointed to Special Committee) Committee Member on Title IX, UT Dallas
  • 2016                  Welcome Week Faculty Volunteer, UT Dallas VP of Administration Office, UT Dallas
  • 2016                  Dallas Criminal Justice Forum Invited Presenter (jointly sponsored by UT Dallas Pre-Law/Dallas County District Attorney Office), UT Dallas
  • 2016                  Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Training for Professionals Working with Women & Children, Center for Children & Families, UT Dallas
  • 2016                  Annual Report Presentation to Faculty Senate with VP Calvin Jamison on Campus Facilities Planning Committee, UT Dallas
  • 2015                  Honored Faculty Speaker for Women in Science Alliance Seminar Tea, UT Dallas
  • 2015                  Speaker at Fall Undergraduate Student Induction Ceremony, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, UT Dallas
  • 2015                  Tapping of outstanding undergraduate students for Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society membership, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, UT Dallas
  • 2015                  Speaker at Spring Graduate Student Induction Ceremony, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, UT Dallas
  • 2015                  Annual Report Presentation to Faculty Senate with VP Calvin Jamison on Campus Facilities, UT Dallas
  • 2015                  Outside Dissertation Chair, Arts & Humanities, UT Dallas
  • 2015                  Groundbreaking Parking Structure IV Stage Party & Speaker, UT Dallas
  • 2015                  Living Learning Community, Social Science Faculty Welcome Dinner, UT Dallas
  • 2015                  Welcome Week Faculty Volunteer, UT Dallas VP of Administration Office, UT Dallas
  • 2015                  University Convocation, Faculty Member for Procession, UT Dallas
  • 2015                  Co-Organizer and Presenter for Spring Fling Student Event as Chair of Campus Facilities Committee, in coordination with VP of Administration Office, UT Dallas

News Articles

Killings Leave Sorrow, Questions
“Friends and family of suicide victims, as well as people who kill family members, are often taken by surprise,” said Dr. Denise Paquette Boots, an associate professor of criminology at University of Texas at Dallas. “Not everybody is going to ask to be saved. We're so analytical after the fact, but on an average day all of us do numerous things that don't make any sense.”
Experts See Flags, Flaws in Gardner's Case File
Denise Paquette Boots is an assistant professor of criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research focus includes youth violence, homicide and domestic violence.

“Successful treatment depends on receptivity on the part of the offender. The report says he was a poor candidate because he took no responsibility for his actions. It’s very difficult to adequately address the mechanisms of his sexual drive without him honestly admitting it.

“When I look at the sentence he got, it doesn’t surprise me at all. I’m not minimizing what happened, but it wasn’t a rape, so the handling of the case was not that unusual. Considering that this is his first-time offense, I’m honestly surprised he did so much of the term.
It Can, and Does, Happen Here
“Even though you have a far greater chance of being killed in a car crash than you do of being a victim of violent crime, when it happens, it’s extremely tragic and leaves a wound in your community,” said Denise Paquette Boots, a criminologist at the University of Texas at Dallas. “It shatters your sense of well-being.”
Regents' Awards Extol Work of 4 Instructors
Four UT Dallas professors have been selected as the inaugural recipients of the UT System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards

Dr. Denise Paquette Boots, Dr. Anthony Champagne, Dr. Michael Kilgard and Dr. Paul Stanford join 73 faculty members from system’s nine academic institutions in sharing $2 million in awards for doing an exemplary job in college classrooms.

The awards, which range from $15,000 to $30,000 depending on level of experience, are believed to be among the highest in the country for rewarding outstanding undergraduate faculty performance and innovation.
Criminology Prof Works to Expand the Possibilities
Opening the door to numerous possibilities in any given field is often something only a talented and engaging professor can do for students.

After being chosen for a Regents’ Outstanding Teacher Award from The University of Texas System, it can be said that Dr. Denise Paquette Boots has successfully met those specifications. 

Boots, an assistant professor of criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, is one of only 18 tenure-track faculty members from across the UT System chosen for the award.

Affiliations

Center for Children and Families
University of Texas at Dallas, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Dr. Margaret Tresch Owen, Director
Honors Affiliate Faculty, Collegium V
2018/12