About the Dean

Dr. Kimberly Kempf-Leonard joined the University of Louisville as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences in August 2014.

Before coming to UofL, Dr. Kempf-Leonard was dean of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s College of Liberal Arts, after having served as chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She also held cross appointments in Sociology and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Prior to her tenure at SIU, Dr. Kempf-Leonard taught at the University of Texas-Dallas, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Kent State University, and Temple University.

Dr. Kempf-Leonard has received two dozen grants and contracts and produced more than 120 publications, including books, volumes, journals and presentations. Her work has generated significant external funding from state and federal agencies, as well as support from the National Academy of Sciences, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Ministry of Justice of Japan. Her scholarly contributions address the life course trajectories of offenders, inequality in criminal justice processes, effective juvenile justice systems, and tools for social science measurement. She has held membership in the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Dr. Kempf-Leonard received her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal law from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.