University of California, Riverside

Presley Center



Co-Directors


Co-Directors

Sharon Oselin

Sharon Oselin, Ph.D.

Director (Academic)

Sharon S. Oselin is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. Her research primarily examines crime, deviance, and violence, often by drawing on the case of sex work. In addition to a number of journal articles, she is the author of Leaving Prostitution: Getting Out and Staying Out of Sex Work (New York University Press). Her current projects investigate (1) the ways in which gentrification impacts street-based sex markets, (2) adolescent offenders’ future expectations and desistance, and (3) mental health and stigma resistance.

Grover Trask

Grover Trask, J.D.

Director (External)

Grover Trask served six terms covering nearly a quarter century as Riverside County District Attorney and over 32 years as a career prosecutor. While District Attorney he implemented innovative programs such as the Youth Accountability Teams (YAT) targeting juveniles at risk; one stop justice centers for domestic violence victims and specialized units to deal with gangs, sexual assault and child abuse.

During his career, Mr. Trask was appointed by two different CA Governors to chair two statewide criminal justice task forces dealing with state and local corrections and juvenile justice reform. He served as regional Vice President of the National DA Association as well as serving twice as the President of the California District Attorneys Association.

Trask has published numerous articles on criminal justice policy issues and was a consultant/chapter author on criminal procedure for the University of California and the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Program. In 2002 he was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California by the LA Daily Journal/CA Lawyer magazine.

In 2007 Mr. Trask joined Best, Best & Krieger as Special Counsel focusing on conflicts of interest and public integrity laws for public agency clients. In 2014 he became an independent legal consultant for private and public clients. He has been active in the community for his entire legal career serving on numerous Boards and Commissions.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Presley Center
4133 CHASS Interdisciplinary South
Tel: (951) 827-4604
Fax: (951) 827-7394

Director (Academic)
E-mail: sharon.oselin@ucr.edu

Director (External)
E-mail: grover.trask@ucr.edu

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