Jennifer Owens

Assistant Professor and Graduate Director

Office: 438 Cherry Hall
Ph: 816-235-1602


Dr. Owens received a doctorate in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis before coming to UMKC in the fall of 2013. She is also an Associate Faculty member of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. Her research expertise includes victimology, survey research, gender, and substance use. She teaches a graduate seminar in “Policy and Decision-Making” as well as the undergraduate courses in “Statistics”, “Victimology”, and “Introduction to Criminal Justice”. Professor Owens’ research focuses on quantitative data using the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and qualitative data collected from incarcerated men and women in Missouri about their use and misuse of prescription drugs. Her works has been published in several journals including Violence and Victims, the Journal of Interpersonal ViolenceCrime and Delinquency and the Journal of Drug Issues.

Academic credentials

B.S., Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Lincoln (2005)

M.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha (2008)

Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri- St. Louis (2013)

Research interests

  • Victimization and victimology
  • Survey research
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Disparities in victimization and offending by gender, race, and ethnicity
  • Substance use