Jared Del Rosso

Associate Professor

What I do

Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminology


Culture, Human Rights, violence, Torture and Interrogation Policy, Discourse Analysis

Professional Biography

Jared Del Rosso is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminology at the University of Denver. He joined the University of Denver in 2012. Prior to that, he spent a decade in New England, earning his BA from Brandeis University (2003), his Ph.D. from Boston College (2012), and holding a lectureship position in Sociology and Justice Studies at the University of New Hampshire (2011-12).

During his time at DU, Del Rosso has researched the politics of torture in the U.S. His scholarly articles and book, Talking About Torture (Columbia University Press, 2015), reveal the rhetorical forms of denial and acknowledgment used in debates about waterboarding, force feeding, and other forms of torture employed during the war on terror. He's currently writing a new book on the sociology of denial, tentatively entitled A Field Guide to Denial: How We Ignore, Excuse, and Justify Social Problems. Based on Del Rosso's elective on denial, the book is under contract with NYU Press.

In addition to this research, Del Rosso has over a decade of teaching experience on torture, state violence, denial, and criminological theory. His courses involve a mix of lectures, small and large group discussions, exercises, simulations, and pedagogical games.

Beyond this work, Del Rosso volunteers with the Center of Victims of Torture in St. Paul, Minnesota, helping CVT compile a quarterly, annotated bibliography of new research on trauma. He is also an avid birder, gardener, and amateur naturalist, and he has led field trips for Denver Field Ornithologists and the High Line Canal Conservancy. In 2018, he began teaching a winter interterm course, "Urban Wilds: Human-Animal Encounters in the Contemporary Context," that bridges his personal and scholarly interests in nature and society.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Boston College, 2012
  • MA, Sociology, Boston College, 2007
  • BA, Sociology, Brandeis University, 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for the Study of Social Problems