Shannon Reid

Shannon Reid

Associate Professor; Undergraduate Program Director for Curriculum

Education: Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine

Courses Taught: DTSC 3601, 3602: Predictive Analytics


Dr. Shannon Reid is the Undergraduate Program Director for the Curriculum in the School of Data Science (SDS). In this role, she serves as the Chair of the SDS Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and is also a member of the SDS Curriculum Committee. Her primary responsibilities involve overseeing the approval process for curriculum updates and ensuring alignment with academic standards and program goals. Shannon collaborates closely with faculty, Advisory Boards, students, and the SDS Executive Director to review new and existing courses, making suggestions for improvement to maintain a cohesive and high-quality undergraduate curriculum within the SDS. Aside from her involvement in curriculum development and review, Shannon plays a crucial role in providing support and guidance to students, faculty, and staff on various academic matters. This includes offering feedback to the SDS Executive Director, Director, Director of Student Services (DSS), and directly to students regarding topics such as student placement, transfer credit evaluation, course substitutions, academic petitions, and academic appeals.

In addition to her administrative role, Shannon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology. Throughout her career, she has gained extensive research and professional experience. She has been on research projects funded by prestigious organizations such as the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Office of Naval Research, Department of Defense, and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Her responsibilities included conducting interviews with offenders, collecting and analyzing police data, and providing policy recommendations. Before that, Shannon served as a Research Associate II at The Urban Institute in Washington, DC, where she worked on grant-related projects for the National Institute of Justice, the Department of Justice, and local agencies, involving tasks such as grant writing, management, data collection, analysis, and report writing. Shannon’s research interests lie in the field of criminology. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles covering a wide range of topics, including social isolation and juvenile incarceration, friendship networks of incarcerated youth, coping strategies among juvenile inmates, gang membership and firearm carrying, and the relationship between alcohol outlets and domestic violence, among others. She has also contributed to book chapters focusing on gang youth and friendship networks in correctional facilities. Her book Alt-Right Gangs: A Hazy Shade of White continues to be used to understand these groups. Shannon continues to actively pursue research and has ongoing publications in progress. She has successfully secured funded grants for projects related to crime analysis capabilities and prisonization. Shannon earned her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law, and Society from the University of California, Irvine.