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Shannon Jacobsen

Lecturer of Sociology

Office: Morton Hall 213
Research Areas: Gender, crime, and victimization; fear of crime and perceptions of risk; social inequalities; mixed methods research


B.A. in Integrative Studies, George Mason
M.A. in Sociology, George Mason University
M.A. in Criminal Justice, Rutgers University
Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Rutgers University (in progress)


Shannon’s research utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the intersections of gender, race, and class in violence and victimization; perceptions of risk and fear of crime; and crime on college and university campuses.  Her most recent work investigates how the contextual setting of college and university campuses influences students’ gendered perceptions of risk and fear of victimization, as well as how these perceptions impact students’ daily routines.

Shannon is a coauthor of the second edition of The Gender of Crime (with Dana M. Britton and Grace Howard) and has published her work in various journals, including Deviant Behavior; the Journal of Criminal Justice Education; Race, Gender, and Class; and Innovative Higher Education, among others.  She has taught courses on criminology, gender and crime, victimology, and statistics.