L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Christina Mancini

Christina Mancini

Associate professor, criminal justice graduate coordinator

Raleigh Building, Room 2016B Phone: (804) 828-4223 Email: cnmancini@vcu.edu


  • Criminal justice policy
  • Sexual victimization
  • Campus crime, sexual assault and law


B.S., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University (summa cum laude)
M.S., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University
Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University


Introduction to criminal justice, criminological theory, gender and violence, sex crime and society

Research interests

Criminal justice policy, sex offending, victimization, law


Dr. Mancini conducts research examining a diverse range of crime and policy topics. In particular, her scholarship centers on understanding the emergence and efficacy of crime laws and societal responses to offending. She has published over 30 studies in the areas of sex crime, victimization, public opinion, law, and most recently, campus crime and sexual assault. Her research appears in a variety of high quality journals such as Criminology, the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, the Journal of Criminal Justice, Crime & Delinquency, and other outlets. She is the author of the scholarly book, Sex Crime, Offenders, and Society: A Critical Look at Sexual Offending and Policy (2014, Carolina Academic Press). Her second text, Campus Crime and Safety (Kendall Hunt), was published in 2015. Dr. Mancini's research has been nationally recognized and she is the recipient of several awards and honors.  In 2014, she was given the Faculty Researcher of the Year Award by the American Society of Criminology, Division of Victimology. She is also the 2015 recipient of the Wilder School Excellence in Scholarship Award. In 2015, Professor Mancini co-founded, along with other national experts, the Sexual Offense Policy Research (SOPR) Workgroup which aims to enhance public safety through the implementation of evidence-based law and policy (http://www.sopresearch.org/). She currently serves as an editorial advisory board member for Criminal Justice Policy Review and the Journal of Criminal Justice, and recently, guest edited a special issue of Criminal Justice Review examining campus victimization.

Selected Publications

Mancini, Christina. In Press. “Crime in the Ivory Tower: Understanding Campus Victimization and Evaluating Efforts to Prevent It.” [Editorial]. Criminal Justice Review.

Mancini, Christina, and Kristen M. Budd. In Press. “Is the Public Convinced That ‘Nothing Works?’ Predictors of Treatment Support for Sex Offenders Among Americans.” Crime & Delinquency.

Mancini, Christina, Corey Call, Justin T. Pickett, and Sean Patrick Roche. In Press. “Mandatory Reporting (MR) in Higher Education: College Students’ Perceptions of Laws Designed to Reduce Campus Sexual Assault.” Criminal Justice Review.

Mancini, Christina, and Daniel P. Mears. In Press. “Sex Offender Laws and Witch Hunts: A Theoretical Analysis.” Deviant Behavior.

Mancini, Christina, and Justin T. Pickett. In Press. “The Good, the Bad, and the Incomprehensible: Typifications of Victims and Offenders as Antecedents of Beliefs About Sex Crime.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Mancini, Christina, Daniel P. Mears, Eric A. Stewart, Kevin M. Beaver, and Justin T. Pickett. 2015. “Whites’ Perceptions about Black Criminality: A Closer Look at the Contact Hypothesis.” Crime & Delinquency, 61: 996-1022.

Mancini, Christina. 2014. “Examining Factors that Predict Public Concern about the Collateral Consequences of Sex Crime Policy.” Criminal Justice Policy Review, 25:450-475.

Mancini, Christina, Amy Reckdenwald, Eric Beauregard, and Jill S. Levenson. 2014. “Sex Industry Exposure over the Life Course on the Onset and Frequency of Sex Offending.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 42:507-516.

Pickett, Justin T., Christina Mancini, and Daniel P. Mears. 2013. “Helpless Victims, Monstrous Offenders, and Unmanageable Risk: Explaining Public Opinion on the Social Control of Sex Crime.” Criminology, 51:729-759.