Leesa Kern

Leesa Kern Web




Towers 213

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology, Criminology & Justice Studies

Dr. Kern received her doctorate in Sociology from The Ohio State University. She teaches mostly in the Criminology and Justice Studies major but Introductory Sociology and Social Research Methods. She participates in the general education program, with classes in First Year Seminar, Integrative Studies, and Senior Year Experience programs. Her research interests have always been focused on those who are the “others” in their social settings, whether they be police officers who are women or participants in alternative belief systems, for it is by looking at those who do not fit in, that we can learn about those that do.


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

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Gangs
  • Policing
  • Deviant subcultures
  • Women and Police
  • Religious Socialization in Alternative Belief Systems
  • Impression Management of UFO Experiencers