Karen Holt

Karen  Holt
  • Assistant Professor
  • 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
  • 424 Baker Hall
  • 655 Auditorium Rd.
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 432-3152


Curriculum Vitae

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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 deviance and identity. Her work has been published in Sexual Abuse and Deviant Behavior. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Small Talk Children's Advocacy Center.

Current Research

Examining Pornography Use Among Convicted Sexual Offenders

Areas of Expertise

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


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