Katelynn Towne

Katelynn Towne
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Areas of Study: 

Social Inequities, Criminology, Policing, Social Deviance, Quantitative Methods

Research and Teaching: 

Introduction to Sociology, Social Deviance, Criminology, Peace Studies


Katelynn is interested in the relationship between social location and experiences with the criminal justice system as victims, offenders, or law enforcement. Her earlier work has examined the variation of attitudes towards police and reporting of criminal victimization within the context of economic downturn. Current projects include: a quantitative content analysis predicting online behavior in Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter Facebook groups, and the Missouri Crime and Victimization Survey Report with MU collaborators and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. For her dissertation, she is examining police use of force approval among U.S. citizens in relation to crime rates and news media type consumption biases. She enjoys teaching criminology and social deviance courses. She plans to be on the job market in Fall 2017.

Awards and Honors: 
  • Research & Training Award, MU Sociology Department, 2016
Select Publications: 


  • Midwest Sociological Society Conference, Chicago IL. Formal Paper Presentation: “Black Lives Matter” to “Blue Lives Matter”: The Movement and the Backlash on Facebook, 2016
  • Women and Gender Studies Conference, University of Missouri- Columbia. Panel Presider: Women and Crime, 2015
  • American Sociological Association Conference in New York NY. Roundtable Presentation: Economic Downturns and Trust in the Police & Table Presider, 2013
  • American Society of Criminology Conference in Atlanta GA. Poster Presentation: Characteristics of Victim and Offender on Reporting, 2013