Penn State Harrisburg

Shaun L. Gabbidon, Ph.D.

· Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice; Public Affairs
· Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
· Program Coordinator, Minor in Criminal Justice


Dr. Gabbidon has served as a fellow at Harvard University's W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, and has taught at the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The author of more than 100 scholarly publications including more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and 11 books, his most recent books include Race and Crime (4th edition; 2016, SAGE) and the co-authored book, A Theory of African American Offending (2011; Routledge). The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Gabbidon was most recently awarded the 2015 Julius Debro Award for outstanding service and the 2016 Outstanding Teaching Award, both from the Division on People of Color and Crime of the American Society of Criminology.  

Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Research Interests

  • Race and Crime
  • Public Opinion on Race, Crime, & Justice
  • Security Administration
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice Pedagogy

Courses Taught

  • Race and Crime (Undergraduate and Graduate)
  • Security Administration (Undergraduate)
  • Criminal Justice Research Methods (Undergraduate)

Publications and Research


  • Gabbidon, S.L., & Greene, H.T. (2016). Race and Crime (4th edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
  • Gabbidon, S.L (2015). Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime (3rd edition). New York: Routledge.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Nelson, M. G, Wooditch, A., G Martin, F., Hummer, D.C., & Gabbidon, S.L. (2016). Hate crime in post 9/11 Pennsylvania: Revisiting case characteristics and police responses. Race and Justice: An International Journal 6(4): 303-324.
  • Gabbidon, S.L., & Laws, T.U  (2016). Understanding public support for, or opposition to, the use of consumer racial profiling to identify shoplifters. Security Journal, 29(3): 409-422.
  • Douds, A., Howard, D., Hummer, D., & Gabbidon, S.L. (2016). Public opinion on the Affluenza defense, race, and sentencing decisions:  Results from a statewide poll. Journal of Crime & Justice, 39(1): 230-242.
  • Higgins, G.E., & Gabbidon, S.L. (2015). Revisiting the generality of public opinion on racial profiling: A statewide study of white perceptions. Journal of Crime & Justice, 38(4): 491-507.
  • Unnever, J.D., & Gabbidon, S.L. (2015). Do blacks speak with one voice?  Immigrants, public     opinions, and perceptions of criminal injustices. Justice Quarterly, 32(4): 680-704.
  • Nelson, M.A.,G Gabbidon, S.L., & Boisvert, D. (2015). Philadelphia area residents’ views on the disproportionate representation of Blacks and Hispanics in the criminal justice system. Journal of Crime & Justice, 38 (2): 270-290.


U = Indicates undergraduate student. G=Indicates graduate student.