Katrina R Heimark
Katrina Heimark is seeking a Ph.D. in Political Science with an emphasis on the fields of Comparative Politics and Political Psychology. Katrina completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, English, and Spanish at the University of Minnesota Morris in 2009, and her Master's degree at the University of Minnesota in 2015.Why people turn to weak, corrupt and/or failing criminal justice institutions in the event of victimization is the central question motivating Katrina's dissertation. In many Latin American countries, individuals turn to police officers despite widespread perceptions that these state actors are highly ineffective and untrustworthy. Using an interdisciplinary approach and incorporating elements from political science, psychology, and sociology, Katrina studies both individual- and country- level factors that explain citizens' behavior. More broadly, Katrina's research agenda focuses on the relationship between judicial institutions and actors and the general citizenry. She is driven to understand how the meaning and value of justice, the law, and the state impact citizens' decisions to appeal to state institutions for assistance. Peru is Katrina's country of expertise. Since October 2017 Katrina has been conducting fieldwork in Lima, as well as serving as a visiting researcher at the Instituto de Investigación Científica (IDIC) at the University of Lima.