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
· Program Coordinator, Master of Arts 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 (3rd edition; 2012, SAGE) and the co-authored book, A Theory of African American Offending (2011; Routledge). Professor Gabbidon currently serves as the Founding Editor of the SAGE journal, Race and Justice: An International Journal. The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Gabbidon was most recently awarded the 2009 W.E.B. Du Bois Award from the Western Society of Criminology and the 2011 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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)
  • Criminal Justice Research Methods (Undergraduate)

Publications and Research



  • Gabbidon, S.L., & Greene, H.T. (2012). Race and Crime (3rd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Gabbidon, S.L., & Laws, T*.U (2013). Understanding public support for, or opposition to, the use of consumer racial profiling to identify shoplifters. Security Journal (accepted)
  • Gabbidon, S.L., & Jordan, K. (2013). Public opinion on the Trayvon Martin killing: A test of the racial gradient thesis. Journal of Crime & Justice (available through Online First; article was cited in the Orlando Sentinel and assorted media outlets)
  • Nelson, M.,*G Wooditch, A.,*G & Gabbidon, S.L. (2013). Is criminology out-of-date? A research note on the use of common types of data. Journal of Criminal Justice Education (available through Online First)
  • Unnever, J.D., & Gabbidon, S.L. (2013) Do blacks speak with one voice? Immigrants, public opinions, and perceptions of criminal injustices. Justice Quarterly (available through Online First)
  • Gabbidon, S.L., Jordan, K.L., Penn, E., & Higgins, G.E. (2013). Black supporters of the no-discrimination thesis in criminal justice: A portrait of an understudied segment of the black community. Criminal Justice Policy Review (accepted)
  • Gabbidon, S.L., Higgins, G.E., & Bonner-Wilder, K. (2013). Black supporters of racial profiling: A demographic profile. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 24(4): 422-440.
  • Gabbidon, S.L., & Higgins, G.E. (2013). Public support for law enforcement agencies’ recording arrest statistics by race: A research note. Journal of Crime & Justice 36(1): 87-99.
  • Gabbidon, S.L., Higgins, G.E., & Nelson. M.*G (2012). Public support for racial profiling in airports: Results from a statewide poll. Criminal Justice Policy Review 23(2): 254-269.
  • Gabbidon, S.L., & Collins, R.*G (2012). Using Google Scholar to determine the most cited criminology and criminal justice-related books. American Journal of Criminal Justice 37(1): 33-45.
  • Higgins, G.E., & Gabbidon, S.L. (2012). Exploring untested measures on public opinion on the use of racial profiling during traffic stops to identify criminal activity. Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice 10(1): 71-85.
  • Gabbidon, S.L., & Boisvert, D. (2012). Public opinion on crime causation: An exploratory study of Philadelphia area residents. Journal of Criminal Justice, 40(1): 50-59.

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