Professor Karen Heimer

Subject: Criminology and Violence Studies

Department/Institution: Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of Iowa, USA

Contact details: karen-heimer@uiowa.edu  


Karen Heimer is Professor of Sociology & Criminology, Collegiate Fellow in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Distinguished Research Fellow of the Public Policy Center, and courtesy faculty in the Boyd College of Law at the University of Iowa. Professor Heimer researches and teaches in the areas of gender and violence, criminal punishment, and causes of crime and violence. Her recent publications include studies of the violent victimisation of women and minorities, motherhood narratives of women in prison, gender differences in juvenile delinquency, and gender and race differences in patterns of incarceration.

Professor Heimer's research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Justice. She served on the National Academies of Sciences' CNSTAT panel on Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault. She currently serves on the Social, Political and Communication Sciences review panel of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). Professor Heimer was elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology in 2015 and served as the president of the association in 2018.  She was a recipient of the 2018 Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.

In addition to being a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Professor Heimer will also be a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University. She will work on three projects centering on women, race, crime, and justice. All three concern the social, political and economic contexts linked with women’s experiences with crime and justice. She will be studying the impact of these factors on violence against women and minorities, femicide, and women’s incarceration in prisons.