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iROC: Patterns of Fine Art Theft

Feb 26

12:00 PM1:00 PM
DC Café

Patterns of Fine Art Theft in the United States

iROC - Investigating Research on Campus

Kate Melody Burmon

Please be with us Monday, February 26th when Kate Burmon, of the MSMC Division of Social Sciences, will present Patterns of Fine Art Theft in the United States.

Few studies examine fine art theft and no recent criminological study on the topic has focused on the issue solely within the United States. As a result, the primary knowledge and insight into this type of crime in this country derives from the experiences of various law enforcement personnel. While case studies can prove valuable in some types of analysis and in illustrating particular findings, the assumed translation of individual experiences to broader patterns generally lacks evidential support. Dr. Burmon will discuss how this study succeeds in providing insight into patterns of fine art theft and stolen art recovery in the United States and how this information will be of assistance in future research of this nature.

Kate Burmon, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Criminology at Mount Saint Mary College. She holds Masters degrees from NYU and Indiana University in Museum Studies and Art History respectively, as well as a doctorate from Northeastern University in Criminology and Public Policy. Her research focuses primarily on fine art theft and archaeological looting.

Patterns of Fine Art Theft will take place in the DC Café. This event has been approved FYE credit as College Connection. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!


For more information about this or any of the iROC presentations, or to volunteer as or recommend an iROC speaker, please contact the coordinators of the iROC program - Dr. Evan Merkhofer, Assistant Professor of Biology, 845-569-3368, or Jen Park, Assistant Librarian for Access and Outreach Services, 845-569-3546,

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