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Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Kathryn DuBois

Associate Professor
WSU Vancouver



Ph.D., Criminology, 1997, Simon Fraser University
M.C.J., Criminal Justice, 1989, New Mexico State University
B.C.J., Criminal Justice, 1987, New Mexico State University


Kathryn DuBois is an Associate Professor at Washington State University Vancouver.  Beginning with research toward a Ph.D. in Criminology from Simon Fraser University on alcohol and violence among the Inuit of the eastern Canadian arctic, she has built a research agenda dealing with violence and criminal justice in isolated and indigenous communities in North America.  To fulfill this agenda, Dr. DuBois has developed expertise in several areas including victimology, violence against women, rural violence, and public health approaches to alcohol regulation.  In 2004, she completed an NIAAA postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, at which time she also served as a Research Scientist with PIRE’s Prevention Research Center.  Before joining the WSU faculty in 2007, Dr. DuBois served for 12 years as an Assistant and then Associate Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Courses Taught

The Nature of Crime, Victimology and Public Policy, Crime Prevention Procedures, Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse, Issues in the Administration of Criminal Justice: American Indians and Criminal Justice, Seminar in Research Evaluation, Introduction to Political Science Research Methods, Quantitative Methods in Political Science

Research Interests

Epidemiology of intimate partner violence and sexual assault; violence in small towns; rural crime and justice; environmental criminology; and public health approaches to alcohol and drug policy.

Recent Publications

DuBois, K., Rennison, C., DeKeseredy, W. (2019). Intimate Partner Violence in Small Towns, Dispersed Rural Areas, and Other Locations: Estimates Using a Reconception of Settlement Type. Rural Sociology.

DuBois, K. (2022). Rural Isolation, Small Towns, and the Risk of Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.