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Jennifer Cobbina

Jennifer Cobbina

Associate Professor

Expertise is in topics on race, crime, and policing; protest movements; and prisoner reentry

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Area of Expertise

Race, Crime, and Policing Gender and Crime Race and Crime Prisoner Re-entry

Biography

Jennifer E. Cobbina is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her primary research focuses on the issue of corrections, prisoner reentry and the understanding of recidivism and desistance among recently released offenders. Her second primary research area is centered on examining how race, gender and social context impact victimization risks among minority youth.

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Education

University of Missouri: Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice | 2009

University of Missouri: M.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice | 2006

Indiana University: B.A., Criminal Justice and Sociology | 2004

Selected Press

Jennifer Cobbina: Correctional Officer Training

MSU Today | 2017-05-10

Jennifer Cobbina is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice within the College of Social Science. Her primary research focuses on the issue of corrections, prisoner re-entry, recidivism and desistance from crime...

Blacks Believe Police View Them as 'Suspects First, Civilians Second'

MSU Today | 2016-03-22

Cobbina’s study, in the Journal of Crime and Justice, is one of the first to investigate whether and to what extent African-Americans associate people of color to crime, which is known as racial typification.

“The protestors did not view police brutality and discrimination as an isolated phenomenon,” said Cobbina, associate professor of criminal justice. “Rather, they believed that it’s reflective of broader social inequality and discrimination in society at large.”...