About

Jane Hereth (she/her) is a social work researcher and practitioner. Her research is focused on identifying the social and structural factors contributing to disproportionately high rates of criminal legal system involvement and gender-based violence among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) youth. Her research questions emerge directly from her social work practice among LGBTQIA+ youth, in which she observed how family rejection, racism, discrimination, school push-out, and victimization led some youth to cycle in and out of the criminal legal system. Her work builds upon existing criminological and developmental theories, particularly feminist pathways theories, and expands these frameworks to attend to the experiences of LGBTQIA+ communities. Given these foci, her research contributes to social work, criminology, public health, and gender and sexuality studies. Bridging theoretical and applied fields, her work guides programmatic and policy efforts to reduce criminal legal system involvement and gender-based violence among LGBTQIA+ communities.