Karen Holt

Karen  Holt
  • Assistant Professor / Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • PhD 2015, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • MPhil 2012, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • MA 2009, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • BS 2007, DeSales University


Curriculum Vitae

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Cold Case Foundation

Center for Gender in Global Context

Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence


Karen Holt is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice whose research focuses on sexual deviance and offending and the intersection of media and sexual violence.

Her work has been published in scholarly journals such as Violence and Victims, Sexual Abuse, and The Journal of Behavioral Medicine. She is a member of several professional associations, including the American Society of Criminology, The Latina Researchers Network, The Center for Gender in Global Context, The Research Consortium for Gender-Based Violence, and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). She is a board member of the Michigan chapter of ATSA and Small Talk, a children’s advocacy center in Lansing.

Current Research

Examining Pornography Use Among Convicted Sexual Offenders

Areas of Expertise

  • Sexual Deviance
  • Sexual Offending
  • Sexual Violence
  • Bondage/Discipline/Sadomasochism

Selected Publications

Examining the Pedophile Subculture Online

Year: 2019 Authors: Holt, K., Liggett, R.*, Lee, J.R.*, & Holt, T. Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

An Examination of the Situated Transactions of Firearm Homicides

Year: 2019 Authors: Pizarro, J.M., Holt, K., & Pelletier, K. Journal: Journal of Behavioral Medicine

An Examination of Harm in the BDSM Community

Year: 2018 Authors: Holt, K. Journal: Violence and Victims

Blacklisted: Boundaries, Violations, and Retaliatory Behavior in the BDSM Community

Year: 2016 Authors: Holt, K. Journal: Deviant Behavior

Sexual Preference or Opportunity: An Examination of Situational Factors by Gender of Victims of Clergy Abuse

Year: 2013 Authors: Holt, K. & Massey, C. Journal: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment