Rosemary Gartner


Professor of Criminology
B.A. (California), M.S., Ph.D. (Sociology, Wisconsin)

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Professor Gartner’s research has examined comparative and historical patterns of violence, gender and intimate violence, the imprisonment of women, and relationships between legitimate and illegitimate violence.

Recent and forthcoming publications:

  • R. Gartner. “Sex, gender and crime.” In M. Tonry (ed.) Oxford Handbook of Crime and Criminal Justice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • R. Gartner. “Historical patterns of interpersonal violence.” In R. Rosenfeld (ed.) Oxford Bibliographies Online: Criminology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • R. Gartner, A.N. Doob and F.E. Zimring. “The past as prologue?: Decarceration in California then and now.” Criminology and Public Policy. 2011, 10: forthcoming.
  • E. Griffiths, C. Yule, and R. Gartner. “Fighting over trivial things: Explaining the issue of contention in violent altercations.” Criminology. 2011, 49:61-94.
  • R. Gartner, C.M. Webster, and A.N. Doob. “Trends in the imprisonment of women in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice. 2009, 20: 169-198.


Ongoing & Future Research

An ongoing study of women’s experiences of violent victimization and offending. This study uses a life-calendar methodology to collect detailed information on women’s lives in the three years prior to entering prison in order to contextualize their experiences of violence in their larger life circumstances. Detailed narratives are also collected about women’s involvement in violence, as victims and/or perpetrators, and their experiences of avoided violence.

An ongoing study of homicide in four cities (Toronto, Vancouver, Buffalo, Seattle) from 1900-1999 (Collaborator: Professor Bill McCarthy, University of California, Davis). This study will document the incidence and characteristics of the approximately 8,000-9,000 cases of homicide known to officials in these four cities, and track trends in homicide over the 20th century.


Criminology Courses Taught:

CRI 2010 Methodological Issues in Criminology
WDW 380H. Crime and Gender
WDW 480H. Interpersonal Violence.