Katrina R Heimark
Katrina Heimark is currently an assistant professor and researcher at the Universidad de Lima in Peru. She is seeking a Ph.D. in Political Science with an emphasis on the fields of Comparative Politics and Political Psychology. Katrina completed her Master's in Political Science at the University of Minnesota in 2015, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, English, and Spanish at the University of Minnesota Morris in 2009.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' requests for aid from the state. 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. Peru is Katrina's country of expertise. She is currently engaged in a research project on the determining factors of crime reporting with Wilson Hernandez and Elohim Monard at the Instituto de Investigación Científica (IDIC) housed within the Universidad de Lima.