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 Christina Mancini CV


  • 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, principles of criminal justice

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 JusticeCrime & Delinquency, and other outlets. She is the author of two books:  Sex Crime, Offenders, and Society: A Critical Look at Sexual Offending and Policy (2014, Carolina Academic Press; second edition forthcoming 2020) and Campus Crime and Safety (Kendall Hunt, 2015).  Dr. Mancini's research has been nationally recognized and she is frequently sought after for her scholarly expertise by news and media outlets, most recently, the Boston Globe and Washington Post.  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 four crime policy-focused journals and as the Assistant Chair for the Criminal Program in the Wilder School.

Selected Publications

Mancini, Christina, and Kristen M. Budd.  2019.  “Americans’ Views of Efficacy toward Campus Sexual Assault Reform.”  Journal of School Violence (forthcoming).

Mancini, Christina, Justin T. Pickett, Corey Call, Robyn D. McDougle, Sarah Jane Brubaker, and Henry H. Brownstein.  2019.  “Sexual Assault in the Ivory Tower:  Public Opinion on University Accountability and Mandatory Reporting.”  Sexual Abuse:  A Journal of Research and Treatment, 31:344–365

Budd, Kristen M., Mancini, Christina, and Bierie, David.  2019.  “Parks, Playgrounds, and Incidents of Sexual Assault.”  Sexual Abuse:  A Journal of Research and Treatment, 31:580-606.

Brubaker, Sarah Jane, and Christina Mancini.  2017.  “The Impact of Increased State Regulation of Campus Sexual Assault Practices:  Perspectives of Campus Personnel.”  Journal of School Violence, 16:286-301. 

Budd, Kristen M., and Christina Mancini.  2017.  “Public Perceptions of GPS Monitoring for Convicted Sex Offenders:  Opinions on Effectiveness of Electronic Monitoring to Reduce Sexual Recidivism.”  International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 61:1335-1353.

Mancini, Christina, Justin T. Pickett, Corey Call, and Sean Patrick Roche.  2016.  “Student Perceptions of Mandatory Reporting in Higher Education.”  Criminal Justice Review, 41:219-235.

Mancini, Christina, and Justin T. Pickett.  2016.  “Examining Reaping What They Sow?  Victim-Offender Overlap Perceptions and Victim Blaming Attitudes.”  Victims & Offenders, 12:434-466.

Mancini, Christina, Thomas Baker, et al.  2016.  “Examining External Support Received in Prison and Concerns About Reentry Among Incarcerated Women.”  Feminist Criminology, 11:163-190.

Mancini, Christina, and Kristen M. Budd.  2016.  “Is the Public Convinced That ‘Nothing Works?’  Predictors of Treatment Support for Sex Offenders Among Americans.”  Crime & Delinquency, 62:777-799.