Jaclyn Schildkraut

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


Jaclyn Schildkraut is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Justice at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. In May 2014, Jaclyn was awarded her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Texas State University in San Marcos. She earned her B.S. degree in 2009 in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida, with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences and Criminal Justice. In 2011, Jaclyn completed her M.A. in Applied Sociology at the University of Central Florida.

Jaclyn's research interests focus mainly on the mediatization effects of social problems, including school shootings, mass/active shooters, homicide in urban communities, and elected executions. Besides Homicide Studies, Jaclyn's research has also been published in Crime, Law and Social Change, Criminal Justice Studies, American Journal of Criminal Justice, Security Journal, Housing Studies, and Fast Capitalism, as well as several edited volumes.

Jaclyn also currently is working on several projects including examinations of coverage of the recent Newtown and Aurora shootings, the Boston Marathon bombing, moral panics, and fear of crime. Her masters thesis research on the newsworthiness of Baltimore homicides was published in Homicide Studies. Her dissertation research was a critical examination of the media representation of mass shootings in a post-Columbine era.

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Jaclyn and her research partner, H. Jaymi Elsass, are currently finalizing their seminal book, Mass Shootings: Media, Myths, and Realities, under the Praeger imprint. Scheduled for release in early 2016, 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. Preorder your copy today from one of these sources:

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Jaclyn's latest article, "Understanding Crisis Communications: Examining Students' Perceptions About Campus Notification Systems," with Joseph M. McKenna and H. Jaymi Elsass, recently was accepted for publication in Security Jounral. This article provides an analysis about how students perceive emergency notification systems, how they utilize the technology, and avenues for improvement. The article also provides critical policy recommendations for universities and their offices of emergency management regarding such systems.

Another article, "Could It Happen Here? Moral Panic, School Shootings, and Fear of Crime Among College Students," with H. Jaymi Elsass and Mark C. Stafford, was recently published in Crime, Law and Social Change. This ground-breaking article is the first quantitative application of the attributional model of moral panic theory.

Get more information on other publications here.



In the aftermath of the October 1, 2015 shooting at Umqua Community College near Roseburg, Oregon, research conducted by Jaclyn and H. Jaymi Elsass was featured in two articles by The Wall Street Journal and an additional piece in WORLD Magazine. An op-ed also was published in the Syracuse Post-Standard and online at Syracuse.com.

Following the June 17, 2015 shooting in a Charleston, South Carolina church, Jaclyn's research with H. Jaymi Elsass was featured in a Politifact article assessing the validity of claims made by President Obama.

Following the October 24, 2013 shooting in Marysville, Washington, Jaclyn was featured in a segment on "All Things Considered" on National Public Radio (NPR). 

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

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