Karen Lahm (2021)

COLA Outstanding Faculty Member Award
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Crime and Justice Studies

Karen Lahm is director of the Crime and Justice Studies program, a productive scholar and highly involved teacher of graduate and undergraduate students.

Admired for her strong and steady record of scholarship, teaching, and service, Dr. Lahm’s career exemplifies compassion, commitment, and advocacy for the struggling and marginalized. Her study of the lives of women inmates gives voice to the experience of this marginalized group and illuminates those aspects of the penal system that shape and constrain their quality of life before and after incarceration. As director of one of the college’s largest programs, she has a hand in the shaping of future criminal justice professionals. As a teacher, she introduces her students to issues such as the range and adequacy of prisoner programming, the effects of post-secondary education for inmate recidivism, parent-child relations in the correctional context, and factors affecting inmate misconduct and victimization. As a colleague, she is unfailingly optimistic, supportive, and committed to professional service.


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