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, Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology, Criminal Justice Studies, American Journal of Criminal Justice, Security Journal, Housing Studies, and Fast Capitalism, as well as several edited volumes. Her first book examining media portrayals of mass shootings is due out in early 2016.

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, 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.


"This book is required reading for anyone interested in understanding mass killing events. With a clear voice and insightful analysis, the authors break significant ground in the study of mass shootings, ultimately bringing the history, development, discussion, and prevention of such events into sharp focus." (Glenn W. Muschert, Miami University)

"By writing this book, Professors Schildkraut and Elsass have provided a great service to educators, researchers, journalists, other concerned professionals, and interested laypersons who are trying to understand mass shootings. They provide historical and international contexts to debunk popular notions and have created a clearer picture of the nature and etiology of rampage shootings. Schildkraut and Elsass provide a wide-ranging perspective and a deep knowledge of the literature on mass killings. This book should be required reading." (Ralph W. Larkin, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York)

"In Mass Shootings: Media, Myths, and Realities, Schildkraut and Elsass have crafted a highly readable and intelligent examination of both the controversies and the evidence-based conclusions regarding the character and history of mass shootings. Anyone who seeks to understand the myths and realities associated with public mass shootings will benefit a great deal from reading this book." (Jack Levin, Co-Director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University)

Mass Shootings: Media, Myths, and Realities


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Jaclyn's latest 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.

Also now available is the article, "Understanding Crisis Communications: Examining Students' Perceptions About Campus Notification Systems," with Joseph M. McKenna and H. Jaymi Elsass. The piece recently was published in Security Journal. 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.

Get more information on other publications here.



Most recently, Jaclyn's research was featured in national media outlets in the wake of the June 12, 2016 shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. This includes The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times (linked but uncredited). Jaclyn also contributed an op-ed to The Syracuse Post-Standard (Syracuse.com) as a former resident of Orlando.

Following the December 2, 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, California, Jaclyn's research with H. Jaymi Elsass was featured in media outlets including The Washington Post, The Syracuse Post Standard (via Syracuse.com), and Fox News, as well as being reprinted in additional sources.

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

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



Jaclyn recently contracted with ABC-CLIO to write/edit an exciting new project, tentatively titled Mass Shootings in America: Understanding the Debates, Causes, and Responses. This work will unite experts in leading areas of research related to mass shootings, providing a comprehensive source of information for anyone interested in these events. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!


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