Jennifer Cobbina, PhD

Associate Professor

2009 PhD, University of Missouri - St. Louis
2006 MA, University of Missouri -  St. Louis
2004 BA, Indiana University

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Jennifer E. Cobbina is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.  Her primary research focuses on the issue of corrections, prisoner reentry and the understanding of recidivism and desistance among recently released female offenders.  Her second primary research area is centered on examining how gender and social context impact victimization risks among minority youth.  She is currently a co-principal investigator on a team of researchers that was awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation and the Michigan State University Foundation to examine how probation and parole officer interaction with female drug offenders affects recidivism, rule violations, and changes in crime-related needs.  Dr. Cobbina’s work appears in Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Criminal Justice, Sociological Inquiry, Journal of Drug Issues, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, and Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture.


Stop-Gaps, Lip Service, and the Perceived Futility of Body-Worn Police Officer Cameras in Baltimore City

Year: Forthcoming Authors: Kerrison, Erin, Jennifer E. Cobbina & Kimberly Bender Journal: Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work

"Your Pants Won't Save You": Why Black Youth Challenge the Demands of Respectability Politics and Race-Based Police Surveillance

Year: 2017 Authors: Kerrison, Erin, Jennifer E. Cobbina, & Kimberly Bender Journal: Race & Justice

Race, Gender, and Responses to the Police among Ferguson Residents and Protesters

Year: 2017 Authors: Cobbina, Jennifer E., *Michael Conteh, & *Colin Emrich Journal: Race & Justice

Perceptions of Racialization of Crime among Ferguson Residents and Protesters

Year: 2016 Authors: Cobbina, Jennifer E., Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, & *Kimberly Bender Journal: Journal of Crime and Justice

Similar Places, Different Outcomes? Neighborhood Context, Cognitive Change, and the Behavioral Pathways of Reentering Offenders

Year: 2016 Authors: Berg, Mark & Jennifer E. Cobbina Journal: Crime and Delinquency