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Aaron Puhrmann

Criminal Justice | Assistant Professor/Department Chair

Ph.D. in Sociology – University of Miami
M.S. in Sociology – Iowa State University
B.S. in Sociology – Iowa State University
Aaron's research and scholarship focuses on areas relating to women and crime and the criminal justice system. He also maintains broad scholarship interests in disparities and inequalities in the justice system, especially in regards to both immigration and racial profiling. His dissertation explored the debate of whether gender-specific or gender-neutral theory better explained female involvement in crime, through an examination of General Strain Theory.

Before pursuing his doctorate, he worked for the 5th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services in Des Moines as a Residential Officer at the men’s and women’s residential facilities. It was his experiences at the women’s residential facility that drove him to pursue his doctorate.

His favorite activities including tabletop gaming, bicycling, and being harassed by his cat.