Angela R. Gover is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. She is also the Director of the Undergraduate Program in Criminal Justice. Dr. Gover received her Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Maryland. Her research primarily focuses on victimization, violence against women and children, and gender and crime. Some of her published work has appeared in the journals Violence and Victims, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Violence Against Women. Dr. Gover has been the recipient of numerous college and university-wide awards, including the 2012 UCD Research and Creative Activities Symposium Student Mentor Award, 2012 School of Public Affairs Excellence in Research Award, 2012 School of Public Affairs Excellence in Service Award, 2010 UCD Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010 School of Public Affairs Excellence in Teaching Award, 2008 UCD Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award, and the 2008 School of Public Affairs Excellence in Research Award. Dr. Gover remains active in her profession by serving on editorial boards for Justice Quarterly, Women and Criminal Justice, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, the American Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Law & Society, and Criminal Justice Studies.

Personally, Dr. Gover resides in Denver with her husband, Ronnie, her six year old daughter, Maya, and her two cats-Mr. T-Bird and Sandia. Dr. Gover has lived in New Mexico, Maryland, Washington, D.C., South Carolina, Florida, and Colorado (See the “road map” of her life below!), and though she enjoys spending time outside in Colorado’s beautiful weather, Dr. Gover still holds very dear the New Mexican “zia” which adorns the state’ flag:


“The colors on New Mexico’s state flag are the red and yellow of old Spain. The simple, elegant center design is the ancient Zia sun symbol, which represents the unique character of New Mexico (Zia sun symbol also appears on New Mexico’s state quarter).

The Zia Indians of New Mexico regard the Sun as sacred. Their symbol for the sun (a red circle with groups of rays pointing in four directions) is painted on ceremonial vases, drawn on the ground around campfires, and used to introduce newborns to the Sun.

Four is the sacred number of the Zia and is seen repeated in the four points radiating from the circle, each consisting of four bars. To the Zia Indians, the number four represents:

  • the four points of the compass (east, west, north, and south);
  • the four seasons of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter);
  • the four periods of each day (morning, noon, evening, and night);
  • the four seasons of life (childhood, youth, middle years, and old age);
  • the Zia’s belief that with life comes four sacred obligations: one must develop a strong body, a clear mind, a pure spirit, and a devotion to the welfare of others.” -http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/symbol-official-item/new-mexico/state-flag/flag-new-mexico



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