Sociology and Criminology


Emily M. Homer, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminology | Department of Sociology and Criminology
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Office: BR 223
Phone: 910. 962.3909


Dr. Emily Homer is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Sociology and Criminology department at UNCW. A Massachusetts native educated in the Midwest, she recently completed her PhD in Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. She loves teaching about all things related to criminal justice and criminology and challenging herself to come up with new and interesting ways to discuss course material. Her research largely focuses on theoretical explanations of corporate and white-collar crime with an eye toward sentencing, prevention, and detection.

Previously, Dr. Homer worked as a background investigator for a private company in Cincinnati, OH. Her primary duties were searching public records databases for information relating to companies and individuals, including criminal records, civil records, property records, company registrations, media sources, education and employment verifications, and more. She had to write detailed reports of the research findings. These reports helped her clients make decisions about whether to conduct business with the companies and people she investigated. This position was her first exposure to reading true cases of white collar and corporate crime.

Dr. Homer also previously worked in a community-based corrections facility in northern Ohio where she worked with low-level criminal offenders. She supervised their safety and maintained the security of the building. She also helped the offenders learn new skills that would keep them from making criminal choices in the future. She helped them earn their general equivalency degrees, find jobs, repair damaged relationships, and get help with addictions.

In her spare time, Dr. Homer enjoys baking, watching sports, walking, and all things true crime. She is excited to be in Wilmington and to work with the UNCW students, faculty, and staff.