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. Christina Mancini’s scholarship seeks to contribute to efforts to improve public safety and enhance crime prevention. Specifically, her research centers on understanding the emergence and efficacy of contemporary crime laws, with a particular emphasis on criminal victimization.

She has published over 40 studies in the areas of sex crime, victimization, campus crime, public opinion, and law. Her work is featured in respected journals such as Criminology, the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, the Journal of Criminal Justice, Crime & Delinquency, Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, and other outlets. She is the author of the scholarly book, Sex Crime, Offenders, and Society: A Critical Look at Sexual Offending and Policy, 2nd Edition (2021, Carolina Academic Press). Dr. Mancini also penned a text concerning crime in higher education entitled, Campus Crime and Safety, 2nd Edition (2022, Kendall Hunt). Dr. Mancini’s research is nationally recognized and she is the recipient of many 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. Professor Mancini’s expertise has been featured in national and local news outlets such as the Boston Globe, Washington Post, The New York Daily News, National Public Radio (NPR), Knoxville News Sentinel, Style Weekly, Waco Tribune-Herald, Texas Tribune, and the Sun-Sentinel. In 2015, she co-founded (along with several other scholars) the Sexual Offense Policy Research (SOPR) Workgroup, an international organization dedicated to improving policy responses toward sexual offending and victimization (http://www.sopresearch.org/). She holds editorial advisory board appointments for four policy-focused journals: Criminal Justice Review, Criminal Justice Policy Review, the Journal of Criminal Justice, and Social Sciences and Humanities

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Mancini, Christina. 2022. “A Test of Faith: Exploring the Attitudes and Experiences of Catholics in the Aftermath of the Church’s Child Sexual Abuse Scandal.” Journal of Criminal Justice. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2022.101933  

Mancini, Christina. 2022. “Public Support for ‘Get Smart’ Criminal Justice Reform Post-2020: Virginia as a Case Study.” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X221086551  

Mancini, Christina, and Kristen M. Budd. 2022. “Legalize It, Criticize It, or Something Else? Americans’ Attitudes Toward Federal Recreational Marijuana Legislation (RML).” Crime & Delinquency (Accepted and Forthcoming).

Mancini, Christina, Kristen M. Budd, Bailey M. Brown, Sami Hausserman, and Sydney Smith. 2022. “The Nature and Extent of Sexual Assault in the Sky: Shining a Light on a ‘Black Box.’” International Review of Victimology. https://doi.org/10.1177/02697580221079996

Mancini, Christina, Dan Cassino, and Robert D. Lytle. 2022. “Politics, Knowledge, and Sexual Assault: Public Perceptions of Trump-Era Title IX Proceedings.” Journal of Crime and Justice. https://doi.org/10.1080/0735648X.2022.2052933

Koon-Magnin, Sarah, and Christina Mancini. 2022. “Faculty and Staff Perceptions of Title IX Mandatory Reporting Policies at Two Institutions.” Violence against Women. https://doi.org/10.1177/10778012211070315

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.