Kristi Holsinger

Senior Vice Provost for Student Success

Office: Scofield Hall 309
Ph: 816-235-2261


Dr. Kristi Holsinger is an Associate Dean and Professor in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at UMKC, where she has been on faculty since 1999 with a co-appointment in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. In the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, Dr. Holsinger is responsible for undergraduate academic affairs, undergraduate student affairs, CAS student services, student retention and enrollment management, undergraduate programs, online education, and CAS marketing and communications.

She received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. At UMKC, she developed a youth mentoring course and various service learning projects in collaboration with the Jackson County Family Court. Dr. Holsinger’s first book, Teaching Justice: Solving Social Justice Problems through University Education was published in 2012. Her second book, Toward Justice: Broadening the Study of Criminal Justice, coauthored with Dr. Lori Sexton, was published in 2017. She has more than 30 academic articles, and has delivered more than 50 conference presentations. She is an active member of the American Society of Criminology and its Division on Women and Crime, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Academic Credentials

  • B.A., Sociology, Aquinas College (1990)
  • M.S. Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati (1995)
  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati (1999)

Research Interests

Dr. Holsinger began her research in the area of understanding and addressing the experiences of system-involved adolescent females, exploring their pathways into delinquency and experiences in juvenile justice systems. She has done work in the development of policies and practices related to girls and women in correctional systems, and the implementation of PREA standards in community correctional institutions. Her work recently has focused on innovations in teaching and assessment practices in academic criminal justice programs.