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Sociology Faculty - Carrie Trojan

Dr. Carrie Trojan

Dr. Carrie Trojan

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Office:  Grise Hall 117
Phone:  (270) 745-2645


Homicide, Offending Escalation, Crime Scene Pattern Analysis, Criminal Investigations, and Criminology.


My research to date has focused on the prior criminal offending of single-victim and serial homicide offenders in order to determine if those with similar patterns in their criminal histories go on to commit similar behaviors at the homicide crime scene(s). My research is part the growing international field of Investigative Psychology that focuses on the classification of violent crime according to objective behaviors at the crime scene and offender characteristics. This work seeks to advance offender profiling as an empirical pursuit with a focus on both theoretical implications and investigative applications. My work has resulted in four publications appearing in the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, Homicide Studies, and Victims and Offenders. A fifth publication is currently under review with the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

I have collaborated on research projects with both national and city law enforcement agencies in the past and hope to establish similar collaborations in the region for future projects. My future research will continue to focus on offending escalation preceding a homicide or homicide series and its link to crime scene behavior, as well as offender differentiation according to sub-types of homicide. I am currently working on a study with Dr. Amy Krull on variations in homicide wounding patterns according to the victim-offender relationship. I am in the process of developing several studies that will focus separately on the nature of urban homicide, antisocial lifestyle indicators among homicide victims, and the role of forensic evidence in the identification and arrest of homicide suspects, as well as the influence of popular crime dramas on the criminal justice system. 


PhD, City University of New York - 2009.

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