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Center for Critical Race Studies - 2022 Scholar-in-Residence 

​Dr.  Jennifer Cobbina-Dungy​​

Cobbina DungyJennifer Cobbina-Dungy is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. She received her PhD in criminal justice at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2009.​​

Jennifer Cobbina-Dungy, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University and the author of Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter and How They Changed America. She received her PhD in criminal justice at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2009. Her areas of expertise center on police-community relations, youth violence, and concentrated neighborhood disadvantage, with a special focus on the experiences of minority youth and the impact of race, class, and gender on criminal justice practices. Her research also focuses on corrections, prisoner reentry and the understanding of recidivism and desistance from crime.

Dr. Cobbina-Dungy is the Associate editor for Crime & Delinquency and serves on the editorial board of the scholarly journals Justice QuarterlyCriminology & Public PolicyJournal of Crime & Justice, Feminist Criminology, and Sociology Compass.​

Dr. Cobbina-Dungy was awarded the 2021 Albert J. Reiss Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the American Sociological Association Crime, Law and Deviance section, given in recognition of her book Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter and How They Changed America. She was also the recipient of the 2020 Coramae Richey Mann, which recognizes a scholar who has made outstanding contribution of scholarship on race, crime, & justice. ​

Much of Dr. Cobbina-Dungy’s work has had impact on criminal justice policy. She recently joined the CNA Project on American Justice, a nonprofit research organization, with a team of elite leaders that focuses on issues in policing. This team will provide actionable advice and explore creative solutions to improve current issues facing law enforcement around the country and respond to emerging incidents in the field.​ In October 2018 she gave a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill about the state of women in the correction system and the unique challenges they face, in which she called for specific policy changes to ensure women’s needs are met so they can successfully integrate into the community.​  She has served as an expert commentator on community responses to police violence, and inequalities of race/class/gender and their relation to facets of crime and the criminal legal system, such as CBS NewsCBC NewsNPRThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, and Politico.​​​


Scholar-in-Residence Events

Tuesday, March 29
Fireside Chat with Dr. Felicia Harris
2:30 p.m.
View the Interview


Wednesday, March 30
The Politics of Respectability: Why Black Youth Challenge Race-Based Police Surveillance and the Demands of Black Respectability Politics 
Faculty, Administrator, and Staff Development Seminar
2:30 p.m.​

Thursday, March 31
Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America
Critical Race Studies Annual Lecture Series
Lecture & Public Q&A
4 p.m.​
View the Presentation​





Last updated 4/25/2022 3:18 AM