Jessica Ziegler PhD

Assistant Professor of Sociology

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BA, Western Kentucky University
MA, PhD, Bowling Green State University


Jessica Ziegler, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Graceland University. She earned a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Western Kentucky University and completed both her Master’s and PhD at Bowling Green State University. Her dissertation, titled An Examination of Violent Victimization from Adolescence to Adulthood, focuses on group-based trajectories of violent victimization experiences from adolescence to adulthood and what factors help to explain differences in long-term experiences of victimization as individuals move from one stage of the life course to the next.

Dr. Ziegler’s additional research interests include the relationship between parenthood and criminal desistance and the complexities that surround this issue. She is interested in how neighborhood contexts play a role in how individuals experience victimization and criminal behavior in the transition from adolescence to adulthood and how this contributes to cumulative disadvantages in the life course.

Dr. Ziegler teaches a variety of courses in both sociology and criminal justice. Through her teaching, she wishes to instill in students an understanding of social inequalities that are pervasive and persistent in American society and how, as members in this society, students can work toward diminishing extreme inequality. Dr. Ziegler believes that sociology and criminal justice are enmeshed in our everyday lives, and through this, her students learn how to apply concepts learned in the classroom in real-world situations.

In her free time, Dr. Ziegler enjoys running, cooking vegan dishes and spending time with her husband and cat, Toothpaste.

Office location

Briggs, Rm# 123

Mail location

Briggs