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Karen Weiss, Ph.D.

Professor - Sociology & Director of Graduate Studies


Karen G. Weiss teaches in the areas of crime and victimization.  She earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Stony Brook University, an M.A. in Women Studies from San Francisco State University, and B.A. in Liberal Studies from New York University. She is author of Party School: Crime, Campus and Community (Northeastern University Press, 2013), and has published extensively in the areas of sexual victimization, assaultive violence, and alcohol-related crime. Her current research focuses on third-party social control and crime witnessing in the digital age. 

Courses Taught

  • SOCA 232 Criminology
  • SOCA 293M Prisons and Incarceration
  • SOCA 302 Deviant Behavior
  • SOCA 346 Victimology
  • SOCA 461 Issues Crime & Justice
  • SOCA 493 Analyzing Crime Data
  • SOCA 493I Sexuality & Society
  • SOCA 493R Survey Methods
  • SOCA 493W Survey Data Analysis
  • SOCA 510 Principles of Research Design
  • SOCA 517 Data Analysis