Shana L. Maier

Shana L. Maier, PhD

  • Professor
Areas of Expertise:
  • Race, Gender & Sexuality
  • Criminal & Social Justice

Programs I Teach

Education

  • PhD, Sociology (2004)
    University of Delaware (DE)
  • MA, Criminal Justice (1999)
    St. Joseph's University (PA)
  • BS, Criminal Justice (1998)
    St. Joseph's University (PA)

About Me

My most recent research focused on police officers' experiences responding to rape victims and investigating rape allegations. This research culminated in a book, Rape, Victims, and Investigations, published by Routledge in June 2014. My research on rape victim advocates has been published in Violence Against Women, Feminist Criminology, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, and Women & Criminal Justice.

My article, "I have heard horrible stories...'Rape victim advocates' perceptions of the revictimization of rape victims by the police and medical system" was nominated for Best Article of the Year Award by Violence Against Women in 2008. My research on sexual assault nurse examiners was published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Journal of Forensic Nursing.

I also co-authored articles appearing in Deviant Behavior, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, International Review of Victimology, and Women's Health and Urban Life. I am a co-author of the text Women, Men and Society (Pearson).

Research Interests

My research interests include intimate partner violence, the treatment of rape victims by the criminal justice, medical and legal systems, the transformation of rape crisis centers, and the experiences and struggles of rape victim advocates, and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. My most recent research focused on police officers' experiences responding to rape victims and investigating rape allegations.

Publications

  • Maier, S.L. (2014). Rape, victims, and investigations: Experiences and perceptions of law enforcement officers responding to reported rapes. Abington, Oxford, UK: Routledge.
  • Maier, S.L. ( 2013). Sexual assault nurse examiners' perceptions of the influence of race and ethnicity on victims' responses to rape. Feminist Criminology, 8(2), 67–86.
  • Maier, S.L. (2012). The complexity of victim-questioning attitudes by rape victim advocates: Exploring some gray areas. Violence Against Women, 18(12), 1413–1434.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Society of Criminology (ASC)

Awards

  • Widener University, Provost's Grant (2013–2014)
  • Widener University, College of Arts and Science, Outstanding Researcher Award (2010)

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