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Sarah Daly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Criminology, Law, and Society

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  • Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government
  • Courses

  • Gender and Crime
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Policy Analysis
  • Research Methods
  • School Violence: Origins and Strategies
  • The Criminology of Race
  • The Etiology of Mass Violence
  • Urban Street Gang Prosecution
  • Education

  • Ph.D., Rutgers University - Newark
  • M.A., Rutgers University - Camden
  • M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame
  • About Sarah Daly, Ph.D.

    I spent 11 years as a Spanish teacher and school counselor at a high school in Camden County, New Jersey. While working there, I realized how my students' education and lives were impacted by many factors outside of the school. To learn to address these issues, I pursued Master’s degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University – Camden, respectively.

    To continue my education and pursue a career in the areas I love most--criminology, teaching, and research—I completed a Ph.D. program in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark where I focused on issues of school violence and mass shootings in the United States.

    I consider myself incredibly lucky to have a profession in which I can help students, teach the subjects about which I am passionate, and work with faculty members who are committed to their students and share the same vision for the department. My favorite professional moments are those in which I can pique a student’s interest in a topic, book, or research, and I enjoy collaborating with students on my own research or their own ideas.