Shanell K. Sanchez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology, Doctor of Philosophy, 2012
Dissertation Title: Experiences of First-Generation Mexican Immigrant Women and Midwives during Pregnancy and the Birthing Process    
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sociology, Master of Arts, 2009
Thesis Title: Adolescent Alcohol Use in Rural Communities; Effects of Parental & School Attachment
University of Northern Colorado, Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice with Sociology minor, 2007


Joined the SOU Criminology and Criminal Justice department in 2016
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Colorado Mesa University, 2013-16
Taught at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2008-13

Teaching & Research Areas:

Crime and Deviance, Social Change & Justice, Comparative Crime & Justice, Social Inequality, Qualitative Methods, Latino/a Immigration, Education & Society, Mass Media, Criminology, Juvenile Justice & Delinquency, Minority Health & Illness

Recent Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

Ceballos, Miguel, Cantarero, Andrea, & Sanchez, Shanell. (Fall 2018). Disentangling the effects of acculturation and duration in the United States on Latina immigrant maternal overweight and macrosomia. Journal of Health Disparities Research & Practice, 11(3):32-45. DOI:

Sanchez, S. & Kasselstrand. I. (2017). “Provide All Women a Voice: A Qualitative Study
of First-Generation Mexican Immigrant Women's Experiences with Midwives in the
United States.” Women’s Reproductive Health, 4(3): 169-184. DOI:

Kasselstrand, Isabella, Tiana Couse, and Shanell Sanchez. “Institutional Confidence in the United States: Attitudes of Secular Americans.”  Secularism and Nonreligion in March 2017.

Shanell Sanchez and Isabella Kasselstrand. “Provide All Women a Voice:” A Qualitative Study of First-Generation Mexican Immigrant Women's Experiences with Midwives in the United States. Under review with Women’s Reproductive Health.

Sanchez, Shanell. “Sex Trafficking in the United States: Theory, Research, Policy and Practice.” By Andrea J. Nichols. Book Review for Journal of
Nicholas Park, Lisa Melander, and Shanell Sanchez. 2016. Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use among Midwestern Rural Adolescent. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, v25 n4 p360-369.

Shanell Sanchez, Katie Dreiling, and Nicholas Park. 2016. Updated Criminal Activity Checklist: Challenging the ‘Us versus Them’ Thinking in Undergraduate Criminology. The Criminologist Newsletter, Vol. 41, No. 3, May/June 2016.

Professional Organizations, Affiliations, and Activities:

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences                                                          2007-present
American Society of Criminology                                                                 2008-present
American Sociological Association                                                               2008-present
Midwest Sociological Society, Minority Scholars Committee                      2007-2012
Nebraska Association of Sociology Graduate Students                                 2007-2012
Latino Research Initiative                                                                              2007-2012