Social Science

Carolyn Field, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice Program Director, Chair of Social Science, Division Head for Social and Behavioral Sciences

Carolyn Field
Mazzuchelli Hall 115
(608) 663-4270


Dr. Carolyn Field is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Social Science Department. 

Dr. Field has held the role of Criminal Justice Program Director at Edgewood College since 2009 and takes great pride in continuing the tradition of educating professionals to create a more just and compassionate criminal justice system, as started by the program’s founder, Sister Esther Heffernan. Dr. Field earned a B.A. in Sociology and English at Minnesota State University, a M.A. in Sociology at Kansas State University, and a Doctorate in Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. 

Dr. Field has published articles on a variety of topics related to crime and violence including intimate partner violence, child abuse, battered woman syndrome, and women who kill. Her most recent research examines the work of Public Defenders in the courts handling homicide cases. 

Dr. Field serves as Advisor of the student organization, the Criminal Justice Association (CJA), and teaches many Criminal Justice and Sociology courses including Criminology, Violence and Victimization, Prisons and Corrections, and Women and Crime.