Kimberly Kempf-Leonard

Professor & Dean of College of Arts & Sciences


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

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

Dr. Kempf-Leonard has received two dozen grants and contracts and produced more than 120 publications, including books, volumes, journals and presentations. She has held membership in the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Media frequently seek her out for expert commentary or testimony related to crime and the criminal justice system.

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