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Shannon Jacobsen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology and Justice Studies at Drexel University

Shannon Jacobsen, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Criminology and Justice Studies
Office: 3401 Market Street, 110-D
Phone: 215.895.2472


  • PhD, Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, 2018
  • MA, Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, 2014
  • MA, Sociology, George Mason University, 2012
  • BA, Integrative Studies, George Mason University, 2009

Research Interests:

  • Gender, crime and victimization
  • Fear of crime and perceptions of risk
  • Campus crime
  • Public safety
  • Communities and crime
  • Social inequalities
  • Mixed methods research


Jacobsen'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 Jacobsen, PhD, is a coauthor of the second edition of "The Gender of Crime," (with Dana M. Britton and Grace E. 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. Before coming to Drexel in fall 2018, Jacobsen was a Lecturer of Criminology in the Department of Sociology at the College of William & Mary. She has taught courses on criminology, gender and crime, victimology and statistics.

Selected Publications:


  • Britton, D. M., Jacobsen, S. K., & Howard, G. E. (2018). The gender of crime (2nd ed.). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Jacobsen, S. K., Miller, J., & Bhardwaj, N. (forthcoming). Gender, racial threat, and perceived risk in an urban university setting. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.
  • Jacobsen, S. K. (2017). Examining crime on campus: The influence of institutional factors on reports of crime at colleges and universities. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 28(4), 559–579.
  • Davis, S. N., Jacobsen, S. K., & Ryan, M. (2016). Gender, race, and inequality in higher education: An intersectional analysis of faculty-student undergraduate research pairs at a diverse university. Race, Gender, & Class, 22(3-4), 7-30.
  • Jacobsen, S. K. (2015). Policing the Ivory Tower: Students’ perceptions of the legitimacy of campus police officers. Deviant Behavior, 36(4), 310-329.
  • Davis, S. N., & Jacobsen, S. K. (2014). Curricular integration as innovation: Faculty insights on barriers to institutionalizing change. Innovative Higher Education, 39(1), 17-31.