Jaclyn Schildkraut

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


Jaclyn Schildkraut is an incoming 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. Her masters thesis research on the newsworthiness of Baltimore homicides was published in Homicide Studies.

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 Criminal Justice Studies, American Journal of Criminal Justice, Housing Studies, and Fast Capitalism, as well as several edited volumes.

Jaclyn is also currently working on several projects including examinations of coverage of the recent Newtown and Aurora shootings, the Boston Marathon, moral panics, and fear of crime. Her dissertation research focuses on the media representations of rampage shooters in a post-Columbine era.

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Jaclyn and her research partner, H. Jaymi Elsass, just signed a book contract with Praeger. The book, tentatively titled "Mass Shootings: Media, Myths, and Realities" will offer a critical look at mass shootings in the U.S. and around the globe, including examination of various inaccuracies about these events as told by the media. The book will be out late 2015/early 2016.  Keep checking back for more updates on this project!



Jaclyn's latest 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 accepted for publication 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.



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 the interview and other media here.

© 2015 by Jaclyn Schildkraut.

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