- Carolyn Ramsey does legal history research at the intersection of criminal justice and gender. She specializes in using archival materials to bring new insights to our understanding of how criminal law doctrine developed and how social norms affected legal outcomes. She is especially interested in the history of public responses to intimate-partner violence and in historical trends in homicide law. She also researches the history of criminal procedure, with special attention to nineteenth- and early twentieth-century changes in policing and prosecution. Her research is not limited to legal history, however. In addition, she writes about the reform of modern criminal law.