Karen Hayden

Academic Title

Associate Dean, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Department Chair and Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Research Interests

  • Rural Crime
  • Historical Criminology
  • Girls, Women, and Crime
  • Green Criminology
  • Cultural Criminology

Research Summary

My research in cultural and historical criminology examines images of rural people, places and crime 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 in the late 1940s.


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

Areas of Expertise

  • Curriculum development
  • Qualitative research in criminology and sociology

Recent Publications

Hayden, K.E. (2023). Cultural criminology and representations of rural crime. In Harkness, Petersen, Bowden, Pedersen and Donnermeyer (Eds.) The encyclopedia of rural crime. Bristol, UK: Bristol University Press.

Hayden, K. E. (2021). The rural primitive in American popular culture: All too familiar. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Hayden, K. E. (2020). Society and law. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.


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