Marieke Liem

Dr. Marieke Liem is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).

A graduate of Cambridge University in the U.K., she completed her PhD in Forensic Psychology in 2011 from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She has conducted research on homicide in various countries, and is currently chairing the European Homicide Research Group. Her research interests involve domestic homicide, homicide by the mentally ill, homicide followed by suicide, criminal careers of homicide offenders, and international comparative research in lethal violence.

At Harvard the Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship enables her to study recidivism of homicide offenders. In this study she explores the relationship between life events, the criminal career, and length of imprisonment on recidivism among homicide offenders. After one and a half years, this study will be replicated in the Netherlands at Leiden University.  

Dr. Liem published the following studies in early 2014: The Role of Transformation Narratives in Desistance Among Released Lifers  in Criminal Justice and Behavior and Criminal Recidivism Among Homicide Offenders  in Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Her commentary on sentencing minors to life without parole, The Fate of Juvenile Lifers appeared in the December 12, 2012 edition of This New England Blog by The Providence Journal; her article, Homicide offender recidivism: A review of the literature was featured in Aggression and Violent Behavior/ScienceDirect.com; and she was quoted in Harvard Magazine's feature, The Prison Problem along with PCJ Faculty Chair, Bruce Western

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