Leesa Kern, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Criminology & Justice Studies

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Dr. Kern received her doctorate from The Ohio State University. Her classes are in the criminology concentration. Her research interests are criminology and juvenile delinquency. She also teaches Introductory Sociology, Research Methods, Social Problems, and also teaches in the Integrative Studies and Senior Year Experience programs. She is currently completing research on women in policing, and has begun researching gang involvement in violent crime in Columbus. Her other research interests include stigma management among members in deviant communities, and the intersections between pollution, crime, and lower income neighborhoods.


  • The Ohio State University, PhD, 1999
  • The Ohio State University, MA, 1992
  • Miami University, BA, 1988

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Gangs
  • Policing
  • Deviant subcultures