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Shanna Felix

Pronouns: she/they
Assistant Professor
Sociology & Criminal Justice
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Criminal justice, criminology, victimology, queer criminology, and mixed methodology. 

Brief biography

Dr. Felix's teaching and research interests are in the areas of criminology, criminal justice, and victimology. Her research focuses on crime victims and victimization, especially with LGBTQ+ peoples' victimization and experiences in the criminal justice system. Dr. Felix's scholarly interests stem from experience working with victims of crime, most notably, six years as a victim's advocate at the Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Center in southeastern Georgia and a year evaluating Georgia's Victim Legal Assistance Network. 

Current courses at UWL

110 Intro to Sociology

322 Criminology

327 Victimology

331 Restorative Justice

345 Race, Gender, and Crime


Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Georgia State University

M.A. in Social Science, Georgia Southern University

B.S. in Psychology, Georgia Southern University


Research and publishing

Selected Journal Articles

Felix, S., Daigle, L. E., Hawk, S. R., and Policastro, C. (2020). Lesbian, gay, and bisexual victims’ reporting behaviors to informal and formal sources. Sexuality Research and Social Policy.

Daigle, L. E., Johnston, T., Azimi, A., and Felix, S. N. (2018). Violent and sexual victimization among American and Canadian college students: Who is more at risk and are the risk factors invariant? Journal of School Violence, 1-15.

Felix, S., Agnich, L. E., and Schueths, A. M. (2017). An evaluation of a Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program in the rural south. Children and Youth Services Review, 83(C), 48-56.

Felix, S., Policastro, C., Agnich, L., and Gould, L. A. (2016). Psychological victimization among college students. Violence and Gender, 3, 42-48. doi:10.1089/vio.2015.0026

Felix, S., Hoyle, J., Posick, C., Miller, B. L., and Stogner, J. (2015). Deconstructing the LGBT-victimization association: The case of sexual assault and alcohol-related problems. Journal of Family Strengths, 15, Article 3.

Book Chapters

Felix, S. and Hoffman, C. (2021). Camouflaged: Tackling the invisibility of LGBTQ+ veterans when accessing care. Chapter in Buist, C. and Kahle, L. (Eds). Queering Criminology in Theory and Praxis. Bristol University Press.