Dr. Sarah Koon-Magnin

Dr. Sarah Koon-Magnin

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice


  • Ph.D., Crime, Law, and Justice, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., Crime, Law, and Justice, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. Sociology, University of Missouri - Columbia
  • B.A. Religious Studies, University of Missouri - Columbia


Dr. Koon-Magnin is a member of the American Society of Criminology, the Division on Women and Crime, the College of Arts & Science’s Gender Studies committee, and the University of South Alabama’s Violence Prevention Alliance.

Dr. Koon-Magnin serves as co-Director of the Forensic Science minor

Research interests

Her published work deals with perceptions of sex offender legislation and her current projects focus primarily on the experience of sexual assault victimization and responses to sexual violence.  She has published in such journals as The Journal of Criminal Justice, Violence and Victims, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Sex Roles, and Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Criminology
  • Gender and Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods
  • Sexual Offending
  • Sexual Violence and Crime
  • Victimization

Recent Publications

  • Schulze, C., Koon-Magnin, S., and Bryan, V. (2019). Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, and Sexual Assault: Challenging the Myths. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

  • Koon-Magnin, S., Haynes, S. H., & Ruback, R. B. (2019). Condemnation of statutory rape based on respondent race, perpetrator race, and victim race. Violence and Victims, 34(3), 414-433.

  • Messinger, A. M., & Koon-Magnin, S. (2019). Sexual Violence in LGBTQ Communities. In Handbook of Sexual Assault and Sexual Assault Prevention (pp. 661-674). Springer. 


  • CJ 105: Introduction to Criminal Justice

  • CJ 223: Introduction to Forensic Science

  • CJ 360: Theories of Offending

  • CJ 403: Sexual Violence