Research

Research Themes

Dr. Cobbina's Research Overview

Dr. Cobbina’s areas of expertise center on police-community relations, youth violence, and concentrated neighborhood disadvantage, with a special focus on the experiences of minority youth and the impact of race, class, and gender on criminal justice practices. Her research also focuses on corrections, prisoner reentry and the understanding of recidivism and why and how former offenders stop committing crime. Her mixed-methods qualitative and quantitative research predicts recidivism and desistance outcomes and also explores offenders’ perceptions regarding how they manage reentry and integration back into the community. Her scholarship is centered on improving the reentry outcomes of individuals with a felony record and/or has been formerly incarcerated. Her goal is to produce research that is theoretically informed, empirically rich, and informs criminal justice policy and crime control practices.

Community Relations

Highlighting the impact of race, class, and gender on criminal justice practices and the relationships communities have with police.

Minority Youth & Violence

Understanding the experiences of minority youth with police and the forces that lead to violence amongst youth.

Corrections & Reentry

Exploring offenders’ perceptions regarding how they manage reentry and integration back into the community.