Karen Heimer, Ph.D.

Collegiate Fellow

Spring 2024 Office Hours:
By appointment

Karen Heimer is Professor of Sociology & Criminology, Collegiate Fellow in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Distinguished Research Fellow of the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Boyd College of Law.  

Heimer researches and teaches in the areas of gender and violence, juvenile delinquency, criminal punishment, and causes of crime and violence. She currently is conducting research on the violent victimization of women and minorities, gender differences in juvenile delinquency, and gender and race differences in patterns of incarceration.  She recently completed work as a principal investigator on a community partnership grant to implement and evaluate an intervention to reduce trauma, problem behaviors, and violence in an Iowa school district. Heimer's research has been supported by the National Institute of Justice and National Science Foundation.  

She became a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology in 2015 and served as President of the American Society of Criminology 2018.  She is a recipient of the 2018 Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence and the 2019 UI’s Hancher-Finkbine Faculty Medallion.

Karen Heimer CV

Research areas
  • Crime, Law, and Social Control
  • Gender and Family
Karen Heimer
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Contact Information

400V North Hall (NH)
Iowa City , IA 52242
United States