Nicole Shoenberger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Political Science
Office Phone: 814-898-6768
Office Location: 133 Kochel
Mailing Address:
ERIE, PA 16563

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Nicole Shoenberger is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. She earned her Ph.D. at Bowling Green State University in Sociology with a core focus on Criminology and minors in Quantitative Methods and Family. Her research interests include criminal desistance, social inequalities within the criminal justice system, incarceration/institutionalization, the life course perspective, delinquency, deviance, and the family. Currently she is examining the effects of life course factors such as marriage and employment on criminal desistance with specific attention to how this process is affected by race, social class, and age. She is currently teaching sociology and criminology classes.

Courses Taught

  • Soc 001, Introductory Sociology
  • Soc 005, Social Problems
  • Soc 012, Criminology
  • Soc 013, Juvenile Delinquency
  • Soc 030, Sociology of the Family
  • Soc 406, Sociology of Deviance
  • Soc 409, Racial and Ethnic Inequality in the United States

Presentations Given

  • Shoenberger, N. and Rosen, N. Sociologists for Women in Society: Feminism in Theory, Practice and Policy: Winter Meeting, Washington, DC, “Gendar as the New Gaydar.” Roundtable Paper. (February 2015).
  • Nixon, C., Shoenberger, N., Hetzel-Riggin, M. and Rosen, N. International Bullying Prevention Association 11th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, “The Role of Supportive Relationships in Mitigating Peer Mistreatment and Associated Trauma.” Workshop. (November 2014).
  • Nixon, C., Shoenberger, N., Hetzel-Riggin, M. and Rosen, N. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 30th Annual Meeting, Miami, FL, “Identifying Resiliency Factors that Protect Against Peer Mistreatment: Preliminary Findings.” Poster. (November 2014).
  • Shoenberger, N. North Central Sociological Association Annual Meeting, North Central Sociological Association, Cincinnati, OH, “Entering, Committing, and Exiting a New Religious Movement: A Case Study of a North American Sect.” Roundtable Paper. (April 2014).
  • Nixon, C., Davis, S., and Shoenberger, N. Society for Research on Adolescence Annual Meeting, Society for Research on Adolescence Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, “How Do Adults Respond to Bullying of Youth in Special Education?” Paper presentation. (March 2014).
  • Rosen, N. L. and Shoenberger, N. Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Eastern Sociological Society, Baltimore, MD, "Lookism in Media and How it Influences Our Perceptions," Roundtable Paper. (February 2014).
  • Shoenberger, N. Enhancement in Statistical Techniques Workshop Series, Penn State University, The Behrend College, Erie, PA, "Regression – the Basics to the Advanced," Workshop. (October 2013).
  • Nixon, C., Shoenberger, N., and Rosen, N. Safe Schools Conference/Keeping Our Schools Safe: Strategies for Schools and Communities, Center for Safe Schools, Grantville, PA, "Strategies for Reducing Bullying and the Harm It Can Do: Findings from the Youth Voice Project," Workshops. (October 2013).
  • Shoenberger, N. Statistical Techniques in R. Enhancement in Statistical Techniques Workshop Series, Penn State University, The Behrend College, Erie, PA, Attendee. (August 2013).
  • Shoenberger, N. and Rocheleau, G. The American Society of Criminology 68th Annual Meeting, The American Society of Criminology, Chicago, Illinois, "Testing Self-Control Theory: From Infancy to Middle Childhood to Adolescence," Papers and Presentations, Accepted. (2012). International.
  • Shoenberger, N., Measuring Incarceration in Household Surveys, The National Center for Family & Marriage Research, Washington, DC, "Measuring Incarceration in Household Surveys," Workshops. (January 26, 2012 - January 27, 2012).
  • Shoenberger, N., Cernkovich, S., and Goodlin, W. The American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, The Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA, "Correlates and the Consequences of Delinquency Abstention Among Females," Papers Presentation (2009).
  • Shoenberger, N. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, The Royal Geographical Society, London, England, "Geographical Hot Spots of Violent Crime Associated with Alcohol Availability and Consumption in the United States," Paper Presentations. (2006).
  • Shoenberger, N., Heckert, A., and Heckert, D. The Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, The Eastern Sociological Society, New York, NY, "Techniques of Neutralization and Positive Deviance," Papers Presentation (2006).

Awarded Grants, Endowments, and Funded Research/Evaluation

  • Shoenberger, N. (Principal Investigator) & Hetzel-Riggin, M. D. (Co-Investigator). “Identification, Assessment, and Diagnosis of Disproportionate Minority Contact in Juvenile Justice in Erie County.” Title II Formula Grant. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Total Requested: $50,000.00 (submitted September 2014 and Received January 2015).
  • Nixon, C. (Co-Investigator), Hetzel-Riggin, M. D. (Co-Investigator), Shoenberger, N. (Co-Investigator), Rosen, N. L (Co-Investigator). Captain McFinn Evaluation. Carfara Company. Total Requested: $25,000.00 (Submitted and Received July 2014).
  • Hetzel-Riggin, M. (Co-Principal Investigator), Shoenberger, N. (Co-Principal Investigator), Nixon, C. (Co-Principal Investigator), Jairim, D. (Co-Principal Investigator), Grant, "Understanding and Addressing Peer Mistreatment Conference: NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings," National Institute of Health, Federal. Total requested: $10,000.00. Received $6,000.00 (submitted: December 2013; Awarded July 2014).
  • Nixon, C. (Co-Investigator), Hetzel-Riggin, M. D. (Co-Investigator), Shoenberger, N. (Co-Investigator), Rosen, N. L. (Co-Investigator), Grant, "Creating a Community Response to Cyberbullying Conference," Humanities and Social Science Endowment Fund, Penn State. Total requested: $5,000.00. (submitted: February 2014; Awarded April 2014).
  • Corty, E. (Co-Investigator), Shoenberger, N. (Co-Investigator) & McMahon, P. (Co-Investigator ). Funded Research. “Safe Sex Attitudes & Behavior.” Durex. Total requested: $3,700.00. Total Awarded: $7,500.00. (submitted: November 2013; Awarded: March 2014).
  • Zaphris, A., Shoenberger, N., Grant, "Fresh Face Forward.” Pennsylvania Sea Grant. Total requested: $30,000.00. Total awarded: $15,000.00. (submitted: August 2013, funded: January 2014 - Present).
  • Blasko, D., Kazmerski, V. A., Shoenberger, N., Wilson, C., Lum, H. C., Grant, "Enhancement in Statistical Techniques Workshop Development," Penn State Behrend. Total awarded: $2,500.00. (funded: 2013).
  • Shoenberger, N. Grant, "Examination of Pell Grant Recipients, Retention, and Graduation Rates," Penn State Behrend. Total awarded: $2,500.00. (2013, funded: 2013).
Research Interests
My research interests include Positive Deviance, Racial and Ethnic Inequality in the Criminal Justice System, Disproportionate Minority Contact in the CJS, Deviance, and Criminal Desistance.