The second substantive focus of the Criminology PhD Program at Iowa, International & Comparative Criminology, entails the study of crime in different countries and of new and emergent crimes that often span the boundaries of nation-states. Students pursuing this specialization learn how to compare the rates and patterns of violent crimes like homicide around the world, explore the impact of war on the likelihood of criminal behavior, analyze law-breaking by political and economic elites, delve into the ways that non-democratic governance shapes criminality, and discover the transnational legal and criminal justice orders that have emerged to address crime on supra-national levels.

  • Criminology of War
  • Homicide and Violence
  • Comparative Migration Studies
  • Corruption, White-Collar & Political Crime