Susanne Karstedt is Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, Australia.

She held Chairs in Criminology at the School of Law, University of Leeds, and Keele University, UK, and taught at universities in her native Germany. She has researched and written widely on comparative, international and cross-cultural criminology with a focus on democracy, crime and justice; presently she prepares a book on the topic with a range of large quantitative studies. Other research interests include mass atrocities and transitional justice, and the role of emotions in crime and justice. She was the recipient of prestigious awards, including the Sellin-Glueck-Award from the American Society of Criminology.