Dr. Shannon Harper


Dept:Sociology And Criminal Justice
Office:320 East Hall 510 Farm House Ln Ames IA 50011-1054


Shannon Harper is an assistant professor of criminal justice in the Department of Sociology and U.S. Latino/a Studies Program at Iowa State University. She has a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law, and Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master’s of Public Administration with an emphasis on domestic violence from the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Harper’s research explores the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV) and intimate partner homicide (IPH) and the gendered contexts through which both occur. She examines the neighborhood social and structural factors that influence IPH (and homicide more generally), as well as how the criminal justice system and community resources operate to address it and the abuse that precipitates it. Dr. Harper’s work also investigates how race/ethnicity, class, gender, and other identities intersect to shape marginalized survivors’ IPV and IPH experiences, specifically Latina and African American women. Her published works can be found in multiple peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes