Shelly McGrath, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

University Boulevard Office Bldg.
1201 University Blvd.
Room 216
Birmingham, AL 35294-4562

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Phone: 205-934-8503

Fax: 205-934-2067

Other information

Other information:
Dr. McGrath is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. Her research interests encompass two main areas. The first relates to intimate partner violence, including patterns, the advocate experience for victims, and the availability of services for victims, especially in rural areas. The other line of research involves comparative analyses of fear and perceived risk of victimization at the international level, including the relationship between citizen satisfaction with local police and perceived safety. Dr. McGrath is also interested in crime mapping and innovative uses of that computer software.

Ph.D. (2009), Sociology, Southern Illinois University.
M.A. (2004), Political Science, Ball State University.
B.A. (2003), Sociology, Ball State University.
B. A. (2001), Sociology and Communications, Saint Mary’s College.

Research Interests:
Intimate partner violence
Fear and perceived risk of victimization
Comparative criminology
Crime mapping

Teaching Interests:
Research methods and statistics
Violence against women

Recent Courses Taught:
Introduction to Statistics (JS120)
Research Methods (JS300)
Crime and Criminality (JS101)
Criminal Justice Ethics (JS410)

Recent Publications:
McGrath, Shelly A. and Ruth A. Chananie-Hill (2009). "Big, Freaky Looking Women: Normalizing Gender Transgression Through Bodybuilding." Sociology of Sport 26:235-254.