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Kristy Holtfreter

Faculty Profile: Kristy Holtfreter, Ph.D

Criminology and Criminal Justice


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Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Programs
University of Washington, B.A
Michigan State University, M.S
Michigan State University, Ph.D

ASU at the Downtown Campus
Criminology and Criminal Justice
411 N. Central Ave. Ste. 600
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Dr. Kristy Holtfreter is an associate professor and director of graduate programs in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. Professor Holtfreter earned her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2004. She is the author of more than thirty refereed articles and numerous reports to agencies of government. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, Criminology and Public Policy, Criminal Justice and Behavior and the Journal of Financial Crime. Holtfreter is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of female offending and victimization, financial crimes and criminological theory. She is currently serving as a Technical Review Panelist for the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) redesign efforts and is a member of the Stanford University Financial Fraud Research Center's Fraud Taxonomy Work Group. In 2007, she was named one of the Rising Female Stars in the field of criminology. She is the recipient of the 2008 New Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime and the 2009 winner of the White-Collar Crime Research Consortium’s Young Scholar Award. 


Courses Taught:

  • CRJ 302: Research Methods
  • CRJ 516: Criminal Justice Organizations & Management
  • CRJ 602: Criminal Justice Policies & Practices



Recent Publications:

  • Holtfreter, Kristy, and Katelyn A. Wattanaporn. (2014). The Transition from Prison to Community Initiative: An evaluation of gender responsiveness for female offender reentry. Criminal Justice & Behavior 41 (1): 41-57.
  • Wang, Xia, and Kristy Holtfreter. (2012). The effects of corporation- and industry-level strain and opportunity on corporate crime. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 49 (2):151-185
  • Reisig, Michael D., Scott E. Wolfe, and Kristy Holtfreter. (2011). Legal cynicism, legitimacy, and criminal offending: The nonconfounding effect of self-control. Criminal Justice & Behavior 38 (12): 1170-1184.
  • Pratt, Travis C., Kristy Holtfreter, and Michael D. Reisig. (2010). Routine online activity and internet fraud targeting: Extending the generality of routine activity theory. Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency 47 (3):267-296.
  • Holtfreter, Kristy, Michael D. Reisig, Nicole L. Piquero, and Alex R. Piquero. (2010). Low self-control and fraud: Offending, victimization, and their overlap. Criminal Justice & Behavior 37 (2):188-203.



Grant Activity:

  • Principal Investigator, Financial Exploitation of the elderly in a consumer context. United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, 2011-2012 ($393,174).
  • Principal Investigator, Consumer fraud victimization in Florida. State of Florida, Office of the Attorney General, 2004-2007 ($250,000).



Professional Affiliations:

  • American Society of Criminology
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • European Society of Criminology
  • Law & Society Association
  • Western Society of Criminology
  • White-Collar Crime Research Consortium
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