Professor Denise Woodall began teaching at University of North Georgia in 2013. She earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Miami, with substantive areas in Criminology and Race and Ethnic Relations. She is currently pursuing her PhD of Sociology at the University of Georgia with a substantive area in Crime, Law, and Deviance. In her spare time, Woodall is an active volunteer and member of numerous groups and associations, among them the American Society of Criminology, Georgia Sociological Association and Mother's Making a Change, a residential treatment program for recovering mothers. Additionally, Woodall is on the board of directors for Freedom Club Inc., a club house for youth seeking recovery from drug dependency. Professor Woodall has assisted in research on a number of National Institute of Heath grants exploring the lives of heroin and methamphetamine users in the suburbs. Her most recent research focuses on how formerly incarcerated mothers experience reductions in shame through child reunification processes. She also has a long history of activism including co-founding Healthcare-Now Georgia. Particular interests in intersectionality and legal oppression, as well as social change and the role community engagement plays in identity and social transformation.