CrimComics: An Innovative Approach to Criminology

Date(s) - 03/15/2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Miller Nichols Library, #452


Dr. Krista Gehring launched the comic series CrimComics (published by Oxford University Press) that explores the foundations of criminology. She writes these comics, collaborating with illustrator Michael R. Batista. Gehring also uses CrimComics in her criminology classes at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Gehring introduced CrimComics as way of providing narratives to explain criminology theories. As she learned about the stories that inspired these theories, she immediately saw comics as effective teaching tools.

“Sometimes, theories can be very abstract and students don’t immediately grasp where they fit into modern-day criminal justice policies,” she said. “When I was a student, I became interested in learning about the theorists themselves and the socio-political contexts that influenced thoughts on crime and criminals. Initially, I thought movies would be a good way to tell these stories, and then I thought … comics!”

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