Associate Professor
Undergraduate Coordinator

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Sarah K.S. Shannon joined the UGA Sociology Department in 2013 after receiving her PhD (and MSW) from the University of Minnesota.  Sarah is an active scholar who studies law, crime, and deviance, especially the intersections between crime, punishment, and public welfare programs. Her interdisciplinary research investigates how social institutions like the criminal justice and public welfare systems affect social inequality. Sarah's work has been published in top journals in several fields including sociology, criminology, public health, social work, and geography. Sarah is an affiliate faculty member with the Criminal Justice Studies Program and the Institute for Women's Studies at UGA. She is also an award-winning teacher, receiving the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences' prestigious Sandy Beaver Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2017. Sarah teaches UGA's only "Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program" course.

As a publicly engaged scholar, Sarah’s research has been cited in several high profile media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist,  and the Washington Post. Prior to her graduate work, Sarah worked in the non-profit sector. As a result, she cares about doing research that matters for academics, policy makers, and ordinary citizens. Her public engagement projects include The Society Pages and The Scholars Strategy Network

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Minnesota, 2013
  • MSW, University of Minnesota, 2007
  • BA, Sociology, University of Iowa
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Articles Featuring Sarah Shannon

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 2:34pm

Sarah Shannon has received two recent awards for teaching excellence.  The Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Creative Teaching Award…