Karen Hayden

Academic Title

  • Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice

My areas of interest include girls, women and crime; rural crime; society and law; and cultural criminology. My work has appeared in Contemporary Sociology, Studies in Symbolic Interaction, and Teaching Sociology.

My book on images of rural people in popular culture titled The Rural Primitive in American Popular Culture: All Too Familiar was published by Lexington Books in early 2021 and my book Society and Law was published in 2020 by Rowman & Littlefield. I have also written chapters in the edited volumes Girls, Aggression, and Intersectionality: Transforming the Discourse of “Mean Girls” in the United States, Against Urbanormativity: Perspectives on Rural Theory, and Re-imagining Rural: Urbanormative Portrayals of Rural Life.

  • Ph.D. Sociology Northeastern University
  • M.A. Sociology University of New Hampshire
  • B.A. Sociology University of New Hampshire