MA (Hamburg); Dr.rer.pol (Bielefeld)


Susanne Karstedt is Professor of Criminology, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University. Her research is guided by an understanding of criminology as grounded in an empirical and evidence-based moral science. Her expertise combines large-scale cross-national and cross-cultural comparative research with explorations into individual moral decision making. In comparative work on ‘Middle Class Crime’ (with Stephen Farrall) she analyses the array of ‘crimes of everyday life’ committed by respectable citizens. For her cross-national comparative studies, she created innovative indices for quantitative global research, including an index of prison conditions, and an index of ‘extremely violent societies’. She has compared the role of democratic values (individualism, egalitarianism) in shaping violence and corruption in different nations, as well as imprisonment and prison conditions. She is expert on mass atrocities and state crime, and the involvement of different types of actors in these crimes, ranging from corporations to police and security forces. Her analyses of the impact of transitional justice in the aftermath of such widespread violence combine large-scale comparative perspectives with historical and contemporary case studies of the lives of sentenced war criminals after punishment. A major area of her research is emotions in crime and justice, where she explores emotion dynamics in transitional justice mechanisms as well as in decision-making of perpetrators of mass atrocities. In Australia she pursues her research interests and perspectives in a project on the secular development of violent victimisation 1850-1950 (with A. Kaladelfos and M. Finnane).

Senior Editor of International Criminology (2019 -) 

Editor of the British Journal of Criminology (2006–14)

Editor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (2010-2015). 

Board of the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL), Onati, Spain (2018 -)

Prize Jury for the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, (2018 -)

Scientific Advisory Board of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law (previously Foreign and International Criminal Law), (2014 -)

Board of Trustees of the Research Foundation Flanders, Panel Sciences of Law and Criminology, (2011 – 2014)

Scientific Advisory Board of the Criminological Research Institute, Germany (2009 -)

German Research Foundation, Panel Law and Criminology (2004-2008) 

Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award, Division of International Criminology, American Society of Criminology, 2019 

ESC European Criminology Award , European Society of Criminology, 2018 

International Award of the Law and Society Association, 2016 

Award of Excellence from the University of Maribor, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2013 

Thorsten Sellin and Eleanor and Sheldon Glueck Award of the American Society of Criminology, 2007

Award of Recognition for Outstanding Services to the International Society of Criminology, Stockholm, 2006

Christa Hoffmann Riehm Award for Socio-Legal Studies, German Association for Law and Society, 2005

1. Farrall, S & Karstedt, S 2020, Respectable Citizens – Shady Practices: The Economic Morality of the Middle Classes. Oxford, Oxford University Press

2. Karstedt, S 2019 ‘Inequality and Punishment. Insights from Latin America.’ In: Carlen, P & Ayres Franca, L (eds) Justice Alternatives. London, New York: Routledge, 470-489.

3. Karstedt, S 2014 ‘Organizing Crime. The State as Agent.’ In: Paoli, L (ed) Oxford Handbook of Organized Crime. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 303-320, online DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199730445.013.031

4. Karstedt, S 2018 ‘“I would prefer to be famous”: Comparative Perspectives on the Reentry of War Criminals Sentenced at Nuremberg and the Hague.’ International Criminal Justice Review 28(4): 372-390  

5. Karstedt, S 2016 ‘The Emotion Dynamics of Transitional Justice: An Emotion Sharing Perspective.’ Emotion Review 8(1): 50 – 55.