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Danielle Shields

Research Areas

LGBTQ Criminology
Social Inequalities
Police-citizen Interactions
Qualitative Methods


Danielle M. Shields is currently pursuing her PhD in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark.  She is also a visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rhode Island College.  Danielle has taught undergraduate and graduate students at various universities, including New Jersey City University, West Chester University, and Rutgers University-Newark.  Her research agenda primarily centers upon understanding LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer and/or questioning) citizens’ interactions with the police.  She also studies other aspects of policing, including the broader culture of policing and the use of force by the police.  As a scholar-activist, in addition to the LGBTQ community, Danielle is also interested in other historically and contemporarily marginalized groups and their experiences with criminal justice contexts, including People of Color and women.  She has authored publications in several areas, including LGBTQ criminology, police-citizen interactions, gangs, and juvenile justice.  Danielle has also served the wider LGBTQ community in Newark, as from 2014 to 2018 and again in 2021, she became a Commissioner with the City of Newark’s LGBTQ Advisory Commission.  As a Commissioner, she has assisted with policy-making directed towards LGBTQ people, particularly criminal justice-related issues.  She has also previously worked in other applied criminal justice roles and settings, including her serving as an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Wyoming and completing an internship with the U.S. Probation Office in the District of Nevada.

Recent Publications

Shields, D. M. (2021). Stonewalling in the brick city: Perceptions of and experiences with seeking police assistance among LGBTQ citizens. Social Sciences, 10(16), 1-27. doi:       10.3390/socsci10010016

Shields, D. M. (2020). Police brutality. In J. Bumgarner and C. Lewandowski (Eds.), Criminal Justice in America: The Encyclopedia of Crime, Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections (Vol 2., pp.  436-443). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.

Shields, D. M. (2019). Biker gangs. In R. D. Morgan (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Criminal  Psychology (Vol. 1., pp. 78-81). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.  doi:              http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483392240.n33