Rosemary Gartner

Professor, Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and Department of Sociology
Affiliated Faculty, CSUS


416-978-6438, ext. 235


Centre for Criminology, Canadiana Building, 14 Queen's Park Cres. West



Rosemary Gartner (B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1974; M.Sc., 1977, and Ph.D., 1985, Dept. of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison) is a professor at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto, where she served as Director between 1998 and 2003. She has published over 75 refereed journal articles and book chapters, has co-authored three books (Violence and Crime in Cross-National Perspective, Murdering Holiness: The Trials of Franz Creffield and George Mitchell, and Marking Time in the Golden State: Women’s Imprisonment in California), and is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook on Gender, Sex, and Crime. Her work has won awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Sociological Association, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Currently she is co-editor of Criminology and serves on the H. F. Guggenheim Foundation Review Panel. Her research has focused on the distribution of interpersonal violence over time and across societies, the relationship between legitimate and illegitimate violence, women’s experiences of violence as victims and offenders, and trends in women’s imprisonment.

research interests

Comparative and historical patterns of violence, gender, and intimate violence
Imprisonment of women
Relationships between legitimate and illegitimate violence


Ph. D University of Wisconsin (1985)
M.S. –University of Wisconsin (1977)
B.A –University of California, (1974)
A.A – College of the Redwoods (1972)

awards and distinctions

Dean’s Special Merit Award, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto, 2011, 2006,
Appointed member, U.S. National Consortium on Violence Research, 1999,
Dean’s Excellence Award, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto, 1998, 1997, 1994, 1993,1992, 1991
Elected to Sociological Research Association, 1996,
Distinguished Alumni Award, College of the Redwoods, 1994,
Connaught Research Fellowship in the Social Sciences, University of Toronto, 1994
Oswald Hall Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, 1991
Old Gold Fellowship, University of Iowa, 1988, 1987, 1986
Distinguished Scholarship Award, American Sociological Association,Criminology Section (shared with Dane Archer), 1986
Behavioral Science Research Prize, American Association for the Advancement of Science (shared with Dane Archer), 1985
Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Crime and Juvenile Delinquency Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (shared with Dane Archer), 1985
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Scholarship, University of Wisconsin, 1981, 1976
Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (shared with D. Archer), 1975
Valedictorian, College of the Redwoods, 1972

selected publications

R. Gartner and B. McCarthy (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Crime. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

C. Yule, P-P. Paré, and R. Gartner. “An examination of the local life circumstances of female offenders: Mothering, illegal earnings, and drug use.” British Journal of Criminology, 2014. Published on line at doi:10.1093/bjc/azu073

S. K. Thompson and R. Gartner. “The spatial distribution and social context of homicide in Toronto’s neighborhoods.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 2014, 51: 88 – 118.

M. Light, R. Gartner, and M. Strabic. “Interpersonal violence by authoritarian rulers: Saddam Hussein and Joseph Stalin compared.” Post-Soviet Affairs, 2014, 30 (5): 389-415.

R. Gartner, A.N. Doob and F.E. Zimring. “The past as prologue? Decarceration in California then and now.” Criminology and Public Policy. 2011, 10: 287-325.


Interpersonal Violence
Crime, Gender, and Sex
Methodological Issues in Criminology

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