Rosemary Gartner

Professor Emeritus 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 publications:


  • Gartner and B. McCarthy (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Crime. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Yule, P-P. Paré, and R. Gartner. “An examination of the local life circumstances of female offenders: Mothering, illegal earnings, and drug use.” British Journal of Criminology, 2014. Published online at the BJC
  • K. Thompson and R. Gartner. “The spatial distribution and social context of homicide in Toronto’s neighborhoods.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 2014, 51: 88 – 118.
  • Light, R. Gartner, and M. Strabic. “Interpersonal violence by authoritarian rulers: Saddam Hussein and Joseph Stalin compared.” Post-Soviet Affairs, 2014, 30 (5): 389-415.
  • Wortley and R. Gartner. “’Highlights’ of a criminological career: Anthony Doob and the state of evaluation research in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2013, 55: 577 -594.


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.