L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs


Doctoral students

Jessica Robertson

Jessica (Rossiello) Robertson

B.A., Sociology, Lynchburg College; M.S., Criminal Justice, Virginia Commonwealth University


  • Police, public and offender perceptions of the sex offender registry
  • Effectiveness of sex offender registry
  • Sexual deviance

Jessica Robertson received a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a criminology emphasis from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. program in public policy with an emphasis on criminal justice. During her undergraduate career, she interned with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office in Bedford County, Virginia, helping to monitor registered sex offenders. She worked closely with their Blue Ridge Thunder program that aims to prevent Internet sex crimes against children and was one of the first programs of its kind in the nation. She received a master’s degree in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University concentrating on the impact of the sex offender registry on registered offenders and the community. She will be building upon and expanding that research here in the Ph.D. program.