At its annual meeting last November, Professor of Sociology Karen Heimer was sworn in as President of the American Society of Criminology.
The American Society of Criminology is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency. Heimer was named a Fellow of the organization in 2015.
Heimer, who earned the PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989, joined the UI faculty in 1991. In addition to her position in the Department of Sociology, she also holds appointments in the UI Public Policy Center and in the Department of Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies. She conducts research and teaches in the areas of gender and violence, criminal punishment, juvenile delinquency, and criminology. She currently is researching gender and race differences in violent victimization, trauma intervention in schools, motherhood experiences of women in prison and jail, and gender and race differences in imprisonment in the United States. She is currently the PI on a four-year grant to the UI from the National Institute of Justice titled, "Link for Schools: A system to prevent violence and its adverse impacts." This project partners with the Cedar Rapids Community School District to administer and assess the impact of a trauma intervention in schools.
Heimer’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Justice, and National Consortium on Violence Research. She served on the National Academies of Sciences’ CNSTAT panel on Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault, on the National Research Council’s workshop on Understanding Crime Trends, and she is currently serving as advisor to the American Association of Universities' Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault & Misconduct.