• B.A., California, Berkeley 1990
  • M.A., California, Davis 1993
  • Ph.D., California, Davis 1999


Areas of Interest

Anne Nurse recently published an innovative teaching manual for introduction to sociology courses.  It is organized according to Ferguson et al’s (2016) core concepts in sociology.  The classroom is flipped with content taught through readings and videos.  Class time is used to engage in activities and discussion that reinforce the main ideas.  The manual is available on the American Sociological Association’s TRAILS (Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology).

Professor Nurse’s book, Confronting Child Sexual Abuse: Knowledge to Action, describes current research on victims and offenders, while also providing an in-depth look at prevention efforts. She has synthesized studies spanning the fields of psychology, sociology, communications, criminology, and political science to produce a nuanced, accessible, and up-to-date account. Topics include the prevalence of abuse, the impact of abuse on victims and families, offender characteristics, abuse in institutions, and the efficacy of treatments. Written for people who care for kids, for students considering careers in criminal justice or human services, and for anyone seeking information about this devastating issue, Nurse’s book offers new public policy ideas as well as practical suggestions on how to engage in prevention work. Interactive links to studies, videos, and podcasts connect readers to further resources.  The book is open source, so it is free to all readers.

Professor Nurse’s prior work focused on juvenile prison and reentry, authoring Fatherhood Arrested: Parenting from Within the Juvenile Justice System (Vanderbilt Press, 2002) and Locked Up, Locked Out: Young Men in the Juvenile Justice System (Vanderbilt Press 2010). She is also an author (along with colleagues Heather Fitz Gibbon and Chuck Hurst) of the popular textbook Social Inequality: Forms, Causes, and Consequences (10th edition, Taylor and Francis, 2019). She teaches Introduction to Sociology, Criminology and Deviance (the “prison class”), and Social Statistics.

Courses Taught
  • SOCI 100: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 342: Social Statistics
  • SOAN 240: Research Methods
  • SOCI 213: Deviance and Criminology
  • First-Year Seminar


  • 2023 (Teaching Manual with syllabus). Flipped Out: A Manual for Teaching Introduction to Sociology. TRAILS, American Sociological Association.
  • 2022 Social Inequality: Forms, Causes, and Consequences (11th Edition) (with Heather Fitz Gibbon and Charles Hurst). Taylor and Francis Press.
  • 2020 Confronting Child Sexual Abuse: Knowledge to Action. Amherst, MA: Lever Press.
  • 2019 (with Trish Staiger). Teaching Data Reproducibility through Service Learning. Teaching Sociology, 45(4), 350-357.
  • 2018. Coaches and child sexual abuse prevention training: Impact on knowledge, confidence, and behavior. Children and Youth Services Review, 88, 395-400.
  • 2017. (with Jub Sankofa, Laura Abrams, Michelle Inderbitzen, Jaime Fader, and Alexandra Cox). Juvenile Corrections in the Era of Reform: A Meta-synthesis of Qualitative Studies. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 62(7), 1763-1786.
  • 2017. Construction of the Offender in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training for Adults. Journal of Criminal Justice Education. 
  • 2017. Knowledge and Behavioral Impact of Adult Participation in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Evaluation of the Protecting God’s Children Program. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.
  • 2014. Setting the Bar High: Danish Youth Education Counselors and National School-Completion Goals. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. 2014.
  • 2014. uvenile Justice in Slovakia. In Winterdyk, J. (Ed.). International Perspectives on Juvenile Justice Systems, Trends, and Practices. Taylor and Francis Press, Co-author Dagmar Kusa.
  • 2013. Juveniles and College: Inside Outside as a Way Forward. The Prison Journal. 2013.
  • Locked Up, Locked Out:Young Men in the Juvenile Justice System. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.
  • 2002. Fatherhood Arrested: Parenting from within the Juvenile Justice System. Nashville: Vanderbilt Press.
Professional Affiliations
  • American Sociological Association
  • Executive Committee Member, Project Tier (Teaching Integrity in Empirical Research), Haverford College
  • Board Member, American Sociological Association TRAILS (Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology)
  • George Gund Foundation Research Grant
  • National Science Foundation Research Grant
  • Ford Foundation Research Grant
  • United States Department of Justice Research Grant