Faculty / Kate Auerhahn

My research focuses on issues of power, inequality, and (formal) social control. Combining theoretical and practical considerations, my work in the area of policy evaluation utilizes a realist framework. This research highlights the objectives of criminal justice policy reform as articulated by policymakers and compares the results with stated goals, while also considering of the public safety function of the criminal justice system and the responsibilities policymakers have to their constituents. In some of my work, I use simulation modeling to explore the consequences of reform from a systemic perspective, as well as more traditional quantitative and qualitative methods.

I teach a wide variety of courses, including graduate and undergraduate statistics. My approach to teaching statistics is applied - while knowing how to calculate the number is important, advances in computing allow us to spend more time focusing on what the statistics mean and how to use them. I also teach courses on criminal justice policy, with an emphasis on critical evaluation of these policies. Student participation in class discussions is an indispensable part of these courses. My goal is to get students to examine all sides of an issue, and hone the critical skills required to form their own conclusions.

Courses taught:

Criminal Justice Research and Analysis (CJ 2602)
Statistical Issues in the Analysis of Criminal Justice Data (CJ 8105)
Drugs, Crime, and Criminal Justice (CJ 4002)
Crime and Social Policy (CJ 4001)
Women and Criminal Justice (CJ 4004/ WS 4004)
Nature of Crime (CJ 2401)
Introduction to Criminal Justice Research (CJ 2601)

Recent Publications:


[ in press]

Auerhahn, Kathleen.  “Criminal Sentencing Policy and Aging Prison Populations.”  Chapter 2 in Older Prisoners in the U.S.:  An Evidence-based Analysis.   John J. Kerbs and Jennifer M. Jolley (Eds.)  Boulder, CO:  Lynne Rienner Publishers.



Auerhahn, Kathleen.  “ ‘Social Control of the Self’ and Pleading Guilty in Criminal Court.”  International Review of Sociology.  Volume 22, Number 1:95-122.



Auerhahn, K. and McGuire, C.J.  Revisiting the social contract:  Community justice and public safety. New York, NY:  NovaScience Publishers.


Auerhahn, K. and McGuire, C.J..  Community justice and public safety:  A reconceptualization. Chapter 2 In Handbook of Social Justice, Augustus Kakanowski and Marijus Narusevich, (Eds). New York, NY:  NovaScience Publishers.

Auerhahn, K. Dynamic Systems Simulation Modeling:  A planning tool for the new century.  Journal of Criminal Justice, 36(4): 293-300.

Auerhahn, K. Using Simulation Modeling to evaluate sentencing reform in California:  Choosing the future. Journal of Experimental Criminology.  Volume 4, Number 3:241-266.

Auerhahn, K.  Adjudication outcomes in intimate and non-intimate homicides.”  Homicide Studies. 11(3): 213-230.

Auerhahn, K.  Just another crime?  Examining disparity in homicide sentencing.   The Sociological Quarterly. 48(2): 277-313.

Auerhahn, K. Do you know who your probationers are? Using Simulation Modeling to estimate the composition of California’s probation population, 1980-2000. Justice Quarterly. 23(4).

Auerhahn, K. Conceptual and methodological issues in the prediction of dangerous behavior. Criminology and Public Policy. 5(4): 801-808.

Auerhahn, K. California’s incarcerated drug offender population, Yesterday, today and tomorrow: Evaluating the war on drugs and proposition 36. Journal of Drug Issues. Volume 34, Number1:95-120.

Auerhahn, K. Selective incapacitation and public policy: Evaluating California’s imprisonment crisis. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. (New Directions in Crime and Justice Series).

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