Jaclyn Schildkraut

Assistant Professor of Public Justice
State University of New York at Oswego


Welcome to the website of Jaclyn Schildkraut, national expert on mass shootings research. Jaclyn is an Assistant Professor of Public Justice at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. Her research focuses on school and mass shootings in the United States in regard to crime statistics, media representations, security and prevention, legislative responses, and other important considerations that impact individuals and communities struck by these tragedies. She has published in numerous academic journals, and her research has been cited by the news media locally, nationally, and even internationally.

She prides herself on providing an honest and genuine account of these events and their impacts, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with communities impacted by these events, including working with individuals from Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and others. A former resident of Orlando, which has experienced its own mass shooting (Pulse Nightclub, 2016), Jaclyn is committed to helping change the narrative about these events and encouraging a proactive approach to safety and prevention.



Jaclyn and her research partner, H. Jaymi Elsass, have released their seminal book, Mass Shootings: Media, Myths, and Realities, under the Praeger imprint. The book provides a critical examination of mass shootings as told by the media, offering research-based, factual answers to often asked questions and investigates common myths about these tragic events.

The book was recently selected as an Outstanding Academic Title of 2016 by Choice, the go-to source for librarians seeking new titles in academic publishing. The book also received a rating of "Essential" by Choice Critics.


Two new book titles also are in the works. Find out more about these now!

Mass Shootings: Media, Myths, and Realities



One of Jaclyn's most recent pieces, "Mass Shootings and the Media: Why All Events Are Not Created Equal" was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Crime an Justice. Co-authored with H. Jaymi Elsass and Kimberly Meredith, the article explores differences in mass shooting events and perpetrators that contribute to a disparity in the type and amount of coverage of these events. A number of key findings were uncovered to help us understand the news coverage of these tragedies, which has a broader impact on public perceptions of such events.

Jaclyn's article, "Mass Murder and the Mass Media: Understanding the Construction of the Social Problem of Mass Shootings in the U.S.," was published in the Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology. This article examines how the media narratives of these events have coined the phenomenon as a social problem by giving the problem a name, using the most extreme examples, and using (or not using, perhaps more accurately) statistics to help audiences understand the magnitude of the issue at hand.

Get more information on these and other publications here.


Jaclyn's research has been featured in a number of national news sources in the aftermath of mass shootings, including the attacks at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Route 91 Harvest Festival, Congressional baseball practice, Pulse Nightclub, Umpqua Community College, and others. Some examples include:

With breaking news of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL on February 14, 2018, Jaclyn worked with news outlets around the country and the world discussing issues including the No Notoriety campaign, legislative responses, and systems failures. Her work was highlighted in The Globe and Mail (Canada), CBC, Vox, and Politifact, among others.

After the October 1, 2017 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jaclyn's research has been featured in The Wall Street Journal. She also conducted interviews with members of the international media, including Russia Today and CBC (across 12 stations in various provinces). She continued to work with the press for several weeks after the shooting as the story unfolded.

Find out more information about these interviews and other media here.


The Media Should Stop Making School Shooters Famous
Advocates have been pushing for changes surrounding mass shooting reporting
for years. After Parkland, let's act.
As seen on Vox.com's The Big Idea


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