Jennifer Cobbina-Dungy

Jennifer  Cobbina-Dungy
  • Professor
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • PhD 2009, University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • MA 2006, University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • BA 2004, Indiana University
  • 536 Baker Hall
  • 655 Auditorium Rd.
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 353-9756


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Jennifer E. Cobbina-Dungy is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her primary research focuses on public response to police use of force. Her second research area focuses on prisoner reentry and the understanding of recidivism and desistance among recently released female offenders. Finally, she examines how the intersection of race, gender, and neighborhood context shape victimization risks among minority youth.

Dr. Cobbina-Dungy is the Associate editor for Crime & Delinquency and serves on the editorial board of the scholarly journals Justice Quarterly, Criminology & Public Policy, Journal of Crime & Justice, Feminist Criminology, and Sociology Compass.

Dr. Cobbina-Dungy was awarded the 2021 Albert J. Reiss Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the American Sociological Association Crime, Law and Deviance section, given in recognition of her book Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter and How They Changed America. She was also the recipient of the 2020 Coramae Richey Mann, which recognizes a scholar who has made outstanding contribution of scholarship on race, crime, & justice. She has served as an expert commentator on community responses to police violence, and inequalities of race/class/gender and their relation to facets of crime and the criminal legal system, such as CBS News, CBC News, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politico.

Current Research

  • Revolutionary Activists and Their Efforts to Disrupt Systemic Racism Via the Black Lives Matter Movement
  • Protester’s Perceptions of Defund the Police
  • Investigating the Effects of Neighborhood Context on Individual Decisions to Engage in Violence

Areas of Expertise

  • Women in Prison
  • Prisoner Reentry
  • Race, Gender, and Crime
  • Protesters Response to Police Violence
  • Qualitative Methodology

Selected Publications

Protesting During a Pandemic: Narratives on Risk Taking and Motivation to Participating in the 2020 March on Washington.

Year: 2021 Authors: Cobbina, J., LaCourse, A., Brooke, E., & Chaudhuri, S. Journal: Crime & Delinquency

Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America

Year: 2019 Authors: Cobbina, J. Publisher: New York University Press

The Baltimore Moment: Race, Place, and Public Disorder

Year: 2019 Authors: Cobbina, J., Kerrison, E., & Bender, K. Journal: Journal of Crime & Justice

It Depends on the Situation: Women’s Identity Transformation in Prison, Jail, and Substance Abuse Treatment Settings

Year: 2019 Authors: Hoskins, K. & Cobbina, J. Journal: Feminist Criminology

"I Will Be Out There Everyday Strong!" Protest Policing and Future Activism Among Ferguson and Baltimore Protesters

Year: 2018 Authors: Cobbina, J., Chaudhuri, S., Conteh, M., & Rios, V. Journal: Sociological Forum