Shaun L. Gabbidon, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice, School of Public Affairs
Olmsted Building, W160

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 African and African American Research and has taught at the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Gabbidon is 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), and the co-authored book, Race, Ethnicity, Crime, & Justice: An International Dilemma (2nd edition; 2020, Routledge). The recipient of numerous awards, in 2019, Dr. Gabbidon was named a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences(ACJS). In 2020, he was identified as the 24th Most Influential Criminologist in the world by

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


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

Recent books

Owusu-Bempah, A., & Gabbidon, S.L. (2021). Race, Ethnicity, Crime, & Justice: An International Dilemma. (2nd edition) New York: Routledge. (1st edition 2010)

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.

Recent Articles

Benson, M.L., Feldmeyer, B., Gabbidon, S.L., & Chio, H.L. (2021). Race, ethnicity, and social change: The democratization of middle-class crime. Criminology 59(1): 10-41.

Updegrove, A., Cooper, M., Gabbidon, S.L., Higgins, G.E., & Potter, H. (2021). Examining the effects of race/ethnicity and race relations on public opinion about the overrepresentation of Blacks in U.S. prisons. Victims & Offenders 16(1): 1-19.

Updegrove, A., Boisvert, D., Cooper, M., & Gabbidon, S.L. (2021). Criminological explanations, race, and biological attributions of crime as predictors of Philadelphia area residents' support for criminal justice policies. Crime & Delinquency 67(3): 319-343.

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)