Shaun L. Gabbidon, Ph.D.

Shaun L. Gabbidon, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice, School of Public Affairs
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Dr. Gabbidon is Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice. He 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 70 peer-reviewed articles and 13 books. His most recent books include the co-authored book, Shopping While Black: Consumer Racial Profiling in America (2020; Routledge), Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime (5th edition; 2020, Routledge), the co-authored text Race and Crime (5th edition; 2019, SAGE) and the co-edited book, Building a Black Criminology: Race, Theory, and Crime (2019, Routledge). The recipient of numerous awards, in 2019, Dr. Gabbidon was named a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences(ACJS). In addition, he was the recipient of 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


Recent books

Gabbidon, S.L., & Higgins, G.E. (2020). Shopping While Black: Consumer Racial Profiling in America. New York: Routledge.

Gabbidon, S.L (2020). Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime (4th edition). New York: Routledge.

Gabbidon, S.L., & Greene, H.T. (2019). Race and Crime (5th edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Unnever, J.D., Chouhy, C., Gabbidon, S.L. (2019).(eds.) Building a Black Criminology: Race, theory, and crime. New York: Routledge.

Recent Articles

Updegrove, A., Boisvert, D., Cooper, M., & Gabbidon, S.L. (in press) Criminological explanations, race, and biological attributions of crime as predictors of Philadelphia area residents' support for criminal justice policies. Crime & Delinquency

Barberi, D., Ahlin, E.A., Hummer, D., & Gabbidon, S.L. (in press). Are Non-U.S. Citizens Color-Blind? The Racialization of Violent Crimes. Race and Justice: An International Journal. (published Online First: DOI:

Gabbidon, S.L., & Higgins, G.E. (2020). Correlates of the decision to report incidents of “Consumer Racial Profiling”: A preliminary study. Victims & Offenders 15(4): 418-429.

Greene, H.T., Gabbidon, S.L., & Wilson, S. (2018). Included? The status of African American scholars in the discipline of criminology and criminal justice since 2004. Journal of Criminal Justice Education 29(1): 96-115.

Nelson, M. , Wooditch, A., 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. (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.


Ph.D. Criminology. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

M.S. Criminal Justice (University of Baltimore)

B.S. Government Administration (Christopher Newport University)