An inspiring teacher, the kind you expect to have at an Ivy League school. I agree with the previous reviewer that she doesn't just want you to parrot back theories, but rather truly understand how they work in contemporary society. She's written extensively on subjects like the Challenger space shuttle disaster and she recently won a major award for her work. Columbia classes are often devoid of practical application, but I can definitely see how this class will help me become a better critical thinker, more aware of how different theories shape our view of crime and disorder. Anyone who thinks that sociology is a Mickey Mouse subject should take this class - it will definitely change their mind.
One note: If you say something to her and it seems like she's ignoring you, don't take it personally - she's slightly hearing impaired.