Jennifer Cobbina

Jennifer  Cobbina
  • Associate Professor
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • PhD 2009, University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • MA 2006, University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • BA 2004, Indiana University
  • 536 Baker Hall
  • 655 Auditorium Rd.
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 353-9756


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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 female offenders. Her second primary research area is centered on examining how race, gender, and neighborhood context impact victimization risks among minority youth.

She is currently a co-principal investigator on a team of researchers that was awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation and the Michigan State University Foundation to examine how probation and parole officer interaction with female drug offenders affects recidivism, rule violations, and changes in crime-related needs.  She is also the co-principal investigator that was awarded a research grant from the National Institute of Justice that focuses on the role of school safety in the successful transition to high school in Flint, MI and best practices for developing a positive and safe school climate. 

Dr. Cobbina’s work appears in a number of top criminology journals, such as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice & Behavior, British Journal of Criminology, and Journal of Drug Issues.

She currently serves as the co-chair for the ASC Division on People of Color and Crime. She is on the editorial board of the scholarly journals Justice Quarterly, Journal of Crime & Justice, and Sociology Compass: Crime and Deviance Section.

Current Research

  • Investigating the Effects of Neighborhood Context on Individual Decisions to Engage in Violence
  • Neighborhood Violence, Policing and Community Action
  • Causes and Consequences of School Violence

Areas of Expertise

  • Women in Prison
  • Prisoner Reentry
  • Race, Gender, and Crime
  • Protesters Response to Police Violence
  • Qualitative Methodology


Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America

Year: 2019 Authors: Cobbina, J. Publisher: New York University Press

The Baltimore Moment: Race, Place, and Public Disorder

Year: 2019 Authors: Cobbina, J., Kerrison, E., & Bender, K. Journal: Journal of Crime & Justice

"I Will Be Out There Everyday Strong!" Protest Policing and Future Activism Among Ferguson and Baltimore Protesters

Year: 2018 Authors: Cobbina, J., Chaudhuri, S., Conteh, M., & Rios, V. Journal: Sociological Forum

Stop-Gaps, Lip Service, and the Perceived Futility of Body-Worn Police Officer Cameras in Baltimore City

Year: 2018 Authors: Kerrison, E., Cobbina, J., & Bender, K. Journal: Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work

Race, Gender, and Responses to the Police Among Ferguson Residents and Protesters

Year: 2017 Authors: Cobbina, J., Conteh, M., & Emrich, C. Journal: Race and Justice