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Sarah Shannon

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Coordinator

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Sarah's CV (242.25 KB)

Sarah K.S. Shannon joined the UGA Sociology Department in 2013 after receiving her PhD (and MSW) from the University of Minnesota.  Sarah studies law, crime, and deviance, with a focus on systems of punishment and their effects on social life. Her interdisciplinary research has been published in top journals in several fields including sociology, criminology, public health, social work, and geography.

Sarah is also an award-winning teacher, having received UGA's prestigious Richard B. Russell Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award, the UGA Creative Teaching Award, the UGA Student Government Association's Outstanding Professor Award, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences' Sandy Beaver Award for Excellence in Teaching award, as well as the CURO Research Mentoring Award and the Service Learning Teaching Excellence Award. Sarah teaches UGA's only "Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program" course (SOCI 4470S).

As a publicly engaged scholar, Sarah’s research has been cited in several high profile media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist,  and the Washington Post. Prior to her graduate work, Sarah worked in the non-profit sector. As a result, she cares about doing research that matters for academics, policy makers, and ordinary citizens.

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Minnesota, 2013
  • MSW, University of Minnesota, 2007
  • BA, Sociology, University of Iowa
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Research Funding

  • Co-Principal Investigator, Rural Jails Research Hub, 2020-2021. Funded by the Vera Institute of Justice. $235,000.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Multi-State Study of Monetary Sanctions. 2015-2020. Funded by the Laura and John Anold Foundation (via University of Washington, PI Alexes Harris). $237,646.
  • Principal Investigator, RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies Grant. 2014-2015. "The Longitudinal Impact of SNAP Enrollment and Spending on Community Health and Well-being in Rural and Urban Georgia During the Great Recession."  Purdue Center for Regional Development & the Southern Rural Development Center. $33,136.

Teaching Accomplishments

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Articles Featuring Sarah Shannon

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 2:34pm

Sarah Shannon has received two recent awards for teaching excellence.  The Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the…