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Kimberly R. Kras

Kimberly Kras
Kimberly R. Kras, Ph.D.Assistant Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    School of Criminology and Justice Studies
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4261
  • Office
    Health and Social Sciences Building - 443
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Research Interests

Institutional and Community Corrections; Prisoner Reentry; Sex Offenders; Evidence-based Practices, Individual-and Organizational-level Change; Gender.


  • Ph D: Criminology and Criminal Justice, (2014), University of Missouri-St. Louis - St. Louis, MO
  • MS: Criminal Justice and Criminology, (2005), University of Missouri –Kansas City
  • BA: Psychology, (2003), University of Missouri-Kansas City
    Supporting Area: Criminal Justice and Criminology


Kimberly Kras earned her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she researched the experience of reentry for individuals convicted of sexual offenses and other issues related to offender reentry including housing, employment, and social support. Prior to coming to UMass Lowell, Kras was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at George Mason University where she worked on projects pertaining to the implementation of evidence-based practices in community corrections agencies, as well as developing curricula translating research into practice for corrections practitioners. Kras' research focuses on the offender experience of reentry in a life course framework and how these experiences can inform evidence-based practices in probation and parole.

Selected Publications

  • Kras, K., Pleggenkuhle, B., Huebner, B.M. (2016) "A New Way of Doing Time on the Outside: Sex Offenders’ Pathways In and Out of a Transitional Housing Facility.", International Journal of Offender Therapy & Comparative Criminology 60:5 pp. 512 - 534
  • Kras, K., Blasko, B.L. (2016) "Pathways to Desistance Among Men Convicted of Sexual Offenses.", International Journal of Offender Therapy & Comparative Criminology 60:15 pp. 1738 - 1755
  • Kras, K., Rudes, D.S., Taxman, F.S. (2015) "Managing Up and Down: Community Corrections Middle Managers’ Role Conflict and Ambiguity during Organizational Change", Journal of Crime and Justice pp. 1-15
  • Pleggenkuhle, B., Huebner, B.M., Kras, K. (2015) "Solid Start: Supportive Housing, Social Support, and Reentry Transitions", Journal of Crime and Justice pp. 1-18
  • Huebner, B.M., Kras, K., Rydberg, J., Bynum, T.S., Grommon, E., Pleggenkuhle, B. (2014) "The Effect and Implications of Sex Offender Residence Restrictions", Criminology & Public Policy 13:1 pp. 139-168
  • Kras, K. (2013) "Offender Perceptions of Mandated Substance Abuse Treatment An Exploratory Analysis of Offender Experiences in a Community-Based Treatment Program", Journal of Drug Issues 43:2 pp. 124-143

Research Currently in Progress

  • Advancing Gendered Pathways to Desistance and Identity Transformation

    A qualitative study of men and women on probation and parole to uncover and understand pathways to desistance considering the influences of gendered life experiences, gender identity and sexual orientation, and supervision experiences related to men and women probation and parole officers. This work is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Stone at Suffolk University. This research is funded by the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Vice Chancellor's Research and Innovation Award.
    Stone, R. (Suffolk University)