Dr. Shannon Harper


Office:East Hall
510 Farm House Ln
Ames IA


Shannon Harper received her Ph.D. in criminology, law and justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Shannon’s research and teaching interests include violence against women, intimate partner homicide (IPH), homicide, justice system decision-making, mixed-methods research, and race/ethnicity and crime/victimization. Her research and associated publications explore the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV) and IPH and the gendered contexts through which both occur. Shannon’s work examines the neighborhood social and structural factors that shape and influence IPH, as well as how the criminal justice system and community organizations operate to address it and the IPV that precipitates it. She is an intersectional scholar devoted to examining how race/ethnicity, class and gender (as well as multiple other identities) intersect to shape women’s victimization and offending experiences and interactions with the criminal justice system. Shannon's published works can be found in Feminist Criminology, Sociology Compass and the Journal of School Violence.