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.