Jennifer Cobbina

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Corrections
  • Prisoner reentry
  • Female offenders
  • Victimization
  • Recidivism
  • Risks among minority youth

Key Findings

  • In the article, “’Your Pants Won’t Save You’: Why Black Youth Challenge Race-Based Police Surveillance and the Demands of Black Respectability Politics,” MORE
  • In the article, “Race, Neighborhood Danger, and Coping Strategies Among Female Probationers and Parolees,” Cobbina examined the extent to which neighborhood crime MORE
  • In the article, “Gender-Specific Conflicts among Urban African American Youth: The Roles of Situational Context and Issues of Contention,” Cobbina explored the situational contexts of youth conflicts among . . . MORE


Jennifer Cobbina, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, is an expert in corrections, prisoner reentry, recidivism, female offenders and victimization risks among minority youth.

Cobbina has consulted with the National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation and the Michigan State University Foundation. She has received several awards from Michigan State University and was featured as one of the Top 25 Criminal Justice Professors on Forensic Education blog. She is a member of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network.

She has published in numerous scholarly journals, including Race and Justice, Crime and Delinquency and Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.

Cobbina received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and B.A. in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @j_cob24

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