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Wade C Jacobsen Ph.D.

Wade C Jacobsen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Criminology and Criminal Justice
2220H Lefrak
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-4730


  1. Ph.D., Sociology and Criminology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2017
  2. M.S., Sociology, Brigham Young University, 2011
  3. B.S., Sociology, Brigham Young University, 2009


Wade Jacobsen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland and a Faculty Associate at the Maryland Population Research Center. His research investigates the roles of schools and the criminal justice system in shaping child wellbeing and inequality. His current work examines social and behavioral outcomes of school punishment and juvenile arrest. He is particularly interested in (1) how these formal sanctions affect a child or adolescent's social networks, including family and friendship networks, and (2) understanding the extent to which these network changes can explain associations of punishment with subsequent behavior and educational outcomes.

Dr. Jacobsen earned a PhD from the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Penn State University and MS degree from the Department of Sociology at Brigham Young University. He also spent two years as a Research Specialist in the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.