Jennifer C. Gibbs, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, School of Public Affairs
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Office Location
Olmsted Building, W159
W159 OLMSTED BLDG
PENN STATE HBG
MIDDLETOWN, PA 17057
Biography

Jennifer C. Gibbs joined the faculty at Penn State Harrisburg in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Public Affairs. After finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Keuka College and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Niagara University, Dr. Gibbs earned her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she completed her dissertation focusing on the influence of police and state legitimacy on terrorist attacks targeting police in 82 countries – research that won the Homicide Research Working Group 2012 Richard Block Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Dr. Gibbs’ research interests include policing, terrorism, violence and victimization and the scholarship of teaching and learning, and her research has been published in journals such as Crime, Law and Social Change; Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management; Police Practice and Research: An International Journal; Violence Against Women; and Journal of Active Learning in Higher Education.  Notably, her research, “A Structural Analysis of Homicides of Baltimore Police Officers”, presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences won the 2010 William L. Simon/Anderson Publishing Outstanding Student Paper Award.  Dr. Gibbs is a member of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

 

Research Interests

Policing

Terrorism

Violence & Victimization

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Publications

Jennifer C. Gibbs and Jim Taylor (Forthcoming). Comparing student self-assessment to individualized instructor feedback. Journal of Active Learning in Higher Education.

Jennifer C. Gibbs (in press). The importance of discussing crime victimization in criminal justice courses: An empirical assessment of a new curriculum to enhance student learning. Journal of Criminal Justice Education: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10511253.2015.1074712

Hyunseok Jang, Joongyeup Lee and Jennifer C. Gibbs (in press). The role of the national government on confidence in the police: A focus on corruption. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 43, 553-568. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1756061615000324

Jennifer C. Gibbs, James Ruiz and Sarah Anne Klapper-Lehman*. (in press). Sugar and spice… and a badge and a gun revisited: The relationship between state-level conflict and women’s involvement in policing. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 17(3), 164-169.

Jennifer C. Gibbs, James Ruiz and Sarah Anne Klapper-Lehman*. (in press). Sugar and spice… and a badge and a gun: A cross-national comparison of women’s involvement in policing. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 17(3), 155-163.

Joongyeup Lee and Jennifer C. Gibbs (2015). Race and attitudes toward police: the mediating effect of social distance. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 38(2), 314-332. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/PIJPSM-03-2015-0034

Jennifer C. Gibbs, James Ruiz, and Sarah Anne Klapper-Lehman* (2014). Police officers killed on duty: Replicating and extending a unique look at officer deaths. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 16(4), 277-287. http://psm.sagepub.com/content/16/4/277.short

Jennifer C. Gibbs and Eileen M. Ahlin (2013). The relationship between fairness and police-citizen hostility. Special Issue: Professionalism & Legitimacy for Criminal Justice. Journal of the Institute of Justice & International Studies, issue 13, 47-64.

Eileen M. Ahlin and Jennifer C. Gibbs (2012). The chicken or the egg? The relationship between COP funding and COP research. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 13(6), 513-524. DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2011.635482

Jennifer C. Gibbs and Amanda McIntosh (2010). Bridging formal and informal approaches to increase understanding and decrease anxiety in research methods courses. ACJS Assessment Forum. Available online at http://www.acjs.org/pubs/167_2085_13678.cfm.

Jennifer C. Gibbs (2010). Looking at terrorism through left realist lenses. Crime, Law and Social Change, 54(2), 171-185. DOI: 10.1007/s10611-010-9252-7

Brad Bartholomew, Jennifer C. Gibbs, David Mazeika, Eileen Ahlin, Patricia Joseph, and Noah Miller (2009). Trends in police research: A cross-sectional analysis of the 2006 literature. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 10(4), 383-407.

**Reprinted in John Crank and Colleen Kadleck (eds.) (2011), Policing: Toward an Unknown Future. Routledge.

Leora N. Rosen, Molly Dragiewicz, and Jennifer C. Gibbs (2009). Fathers’ rights groups: Demographic correlates and impact on custody policy and women’s safety. Violence Against Women, 15(5), 513-531.

Cody Telep, Jennifer Varriale, Jennifer C. Gibbs, Chongmin Na and Brad Bartholomew (2008). Trends in police research: A cross-sectional analysis of the 2005 literature. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 9(5), 445-469.

Jennifer A. Varriale, Jennifer C. Gibbs, Eileen M. Ahlin, Mathew R. Gugino, and Chongmin Na (2007). Trends in police research: A cross-sectional analysis of the 2004 literature. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 8(5), 461-485.

Jennifer C. Gibbs, Karen A. Beckman, Kristen Miggans and Michelle Hart (2006). Trends in police research: A cross-sectional analysis of the 2003 literature. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 7(4), 337-361.

Karen A. Beckman, Jennifer C. Gibbs, Penny Beatty and Megan Canigiani (2005). Trends in police research: A cross-sectional analysis of the 2002 literature. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 6(3), 296-220.

William E. Thompson and Jennifer C. Gibbs (in press). Deviance and Deviants: A Sociological Approach. Wiley-Blackwell.

Jennifer C. Gibbs. (2015). State legitimacy and terrorism: Implications for counterterrorism policy. In Mathieu Deflem (ed.), Terrorism and Counterterrorism Today. Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance, Volume 20. Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Roger Matthews and Jennifer C. Gibbs (2014). “So what?” criminology. In Gerben Bruinsma and David Weisburd (eds.), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. New York: Springer Verlag.

rorist attacks on police. In David Lowe (ed.), Examining Political Violence: Studies of Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and Internal War. Taylor & Francis/International Police Executive Symposium.

Jennifer C. Gibbs (2011). Women and policing. In Vickie Jensen and Karren Baird-Olson (eds.), Women and Crime: An Encyclopedia of Issues and Cases. ABC-CLIO Publishers.

Jennifer C. Gibbs (2006). Domestic Battery. In Doris Layton MacKenzie, Lauren O’Neill, Wendy Povitsky, and Summer Acevedo (eds.), Different Crimes, Different Criminals: Understanding, Treating and Preventing Criminal Behavior (pp. 35-62). Anderson Publishing.

Education

B.S.; M.S.; Ph.D. (U of Maryland)