Shoon Lio, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Department of Criminal Justice

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 6078
Office Location: West Campus, Duke 607
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Shoon Lio, PhD, draws from an interdisciplinary framework in his interest in constituting resilience in the face of both community and individual trauma. This framework informs his research with faculty at University of South Alabama on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the African American communities in Mobile Alabama. He is also working with his former student on the intersectional social movement/social justice culture work of the Moral Mondays-Forward Together movement and the Poor People’s Campaign founded by Bishop William Barber.

As an educator, Dr. Lio is committed to constructing a community of learners by scaffolding on the knowledge and experiences students bring to the classroom. At the heart of his pedagogy is the concept of cura personalis—the care of the entire person. Cura personalis calls for faculty and staff to take a personal interest in the intellectual, affective, moral, and spiritual development of every student to develop their potential as leaders in social justice.

Prior to teaching at APU, Dr. Lio was a faculty member at the University of Illinois-Springfield, University of South Alabama and a visiting assistant professor at Spring Hill College.


  • PhD, Sociology, University of California-Riverside, 2008
  • MA, Sociology, University of California-Riverside
  • BA, Sociology, minors in Political Science and Scientific Perspectives, University of California-San Diego, 1986

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Criminal Justice


  • Developing Social Capital and Capacity in Disadvantaged Communities
  • Race, Class and Gender and Criminal Justice
  • Social and Criminological Theory
  • Social Movements
  • Trauma and Resilience

Courses Taught

  • CJ 110 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 200 - Criminal Justice, Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility
  • CJ 280 - American Court System
  • CJ 351 - Criminal Procedures

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday, 4-5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 2-4 p.m.
Also available by appointment by contacting [email protected]