Dr. Rosemary Barberet Havican

Dr. Rosemary Barberet Havican graduated from Georgetown in 1983 with a double major in Sociology and Spanish. She was the first winner of the Hoggson Award. While doing volunteer work with prisoners she became interested in criminology. She has earned a Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Maryland.

In 1990 she moved to Spain with her Spanish husband and began lecturing in Spain’s first Master’s degree program in Criminology at the University of Castilla-La Mancha.

Barberet Havican has been involved in a series of pioneering projects including Spain’s first national self-report youth offending survey and Spain’s first violence against women survey. She is currently a Lecturer in Criminal Justice at the Scarman Center, University of Leicester, U.K, where she teaches a methodology course. She commutes back and forth to her husband and two boys in Madrid.

Barberet Havican was the program chairperson for the annual conference of the European Society of Criminology held in Toledo, Spain, Sept. 2002. At this conference, she reconnected with her former Georgetown Research Methods professor, William McDonald, who was presenting a paper on immigration and crime at the conference.

Professor McDonald reports that it was almost surreal at the gala dinner in the magnificent old church once used by the Inquisition, now used as a banquet hall — to watch our Rosemary with a microphone up there in the grand old pulpit belting out the introductions, acknowledgments and some jokes.

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Dr. Rosemary Barberet Havican, Research Fellow in the Political Science and Sociology Department at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain, returned to Georgetown’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology in November 2003 much to the delight of her former faculty mentors Professors William McDonald and C.Margaret Hall. Dr. Barberet, “Rosemary” among us, graduated from Georgetown in 1983.

She was the first winner of the prestigious Hoggson award, given to senior Sociology majors who excel academically and also demonstrate concern for enhancing the human community. Rosemary was awarded a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology by the University of Maryland.

While here Rosemary addressed Professor McDonald’s Methods of Social Research class, which she took years ago. She encouraged the students to use the doing of social research as a way of learning about themselves, and reflexive researching, and she stressed the high employability value of the skills learned in the Methods course.

Rosemary also made a formal presentation to the Sociology and Anthropology faculty entitled, “Conflicts in Cross-National Knowledge Transfer: Lessons of an Expatriate Criminologist.”

Rosemary is our informal student advisor for Sociology/Anthropology students doing a study abroad in Spain. We have given her name and contact information to our students. Having done exactly the same herself she identifies strongly with the students. So, our majors in Spain do not stay mainly on the plain. They go to Madrid and let Rosemary explain!


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