Winston School of Education and Social Policy


Karen Hayden


Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

  • Girls, Women, and Crime
  • Rural Crime
  • Society and Law
  • Green Criminology
  • Cultural Criminology

My research combines cultural and historical criminology to examine images of rural people in popular culture. I also explore media portrayals of girls, women, and criminality in the media.

My current work combines criminology and archival research to examine a string of arsons that broke out in my hometown of Greenland, NH. 

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

  • Girls, Women, and Crime
  • Rural Crime
  • Crimes Against the Environment

Hayden, Karen E. “Cultural Criminology and Representations of Rural Crime. Forthcoming. The Encyclopedia of Rural Crime (Harkness, Petersen, Bowden, Pedersen, and Donnermeyer, Eds). Bristol, England: Bristol University Press.

Hayden, Karen E. The Rural Primitive in American Popular Culture: All Too Familiar. 2021. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Hayden, Karen E. Society and Law. 2020. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.