Dr. Shannon T. Grugan

Title: Associate Professor; Assistant Department Chairperson
Location: 515 BPM Center
Email: SGrugan@wcupa.edu
Phone: 610-436-2659
Google Scholar: Dr. Shannon T. Grugan Profile


From 2004 through 2014, Dr. Grugan served as a Senior Environmental Policy and Enforcement Consultant for the firm of Booz Allen Hamilton and worked with several government organizations and agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Army, and the Department of Health and Human Services. During her time there, she worked on a variety of investigative, enforcement, and educational/training issues. Dr. Grugan's research interests include animal cruelty, environmental crime, and issues of crime and criminal justice on college campuses. She has spoken about her research on these issues at several regional and national conferences and has published her research on these topics in journals such as Deviant Behavior, Society and Animals, and The Journal of Criminal Justice Education. Dr. Grugan has also authored several government reports, articles, and book chapters, with her work featured in The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Animal Cruelty: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding, and Pennsylvania's Criminal Justice System. She is currently working on a book entitled Environmental Offending: The Realities of Environmental Harm and Environmental Crime, which is forthcoming.


  • Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • M.S., West Chester University
  • B.A., DeSales University

Area of Expertise

  • Animal cruelty
  • Environmental crime
  • Crime and policing on college campuses
  • LGBTQIA+ criminology

Relevant Professional/Applied Experience

  • 2004 – 2014, Senior Environmental Policy and Enforcement Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton

Professional and Community Engagement

  • Co-chair, Criminal Justice Department Advising Committee
  • Member, Criminal Justice Department Hiring Committee
  • Member, University Committee for Advising Excellence
  • Member, LGBTQIA+ Faculty Caucus (Pronouns subcommittee)
  • Member, Institutional Review Board 
  • Member College of Business and Public Management Committee on United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME)
  • Reviewer, Animals
  • Reviewer, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management
  • Reviewer, Social Sciences

Classes Regularly Taught

  • CRJ 110 – Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 210 – Theories of Crime and Delinquency
  • CRJ 318 – Environmental Crime
  • CRJ 323 – Opportunities, Situations, and Crime: Environmental Criminology
  • CRJ 455 – Research Literacy for Criminal Justice Professionals (topical seminar)
  • CRJ 505 – The Nature of Crime and Delinquency
  • CRJ 508 – Research Design and Analysis
  • CRJ 525 – Corporate and Financial Crime
  • CRJ 555 – Environmental Crime (topical seminar)
  • CRJ 600 - Proseminar

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