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 Virginia McGovern, Ph.D.

Virginia McGovern, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Human Services

Archbishop Borders Hall
Room 215

+ (301) 447-5171

Virginia McGovern, Ph.D., came to the Mount from BGSU in Ohio in August 2005, earning tenure in 2011. She currently serves as a faculty marshal and on the Faculty Governance Committee.

She has also served as chair of the department, vice-chair of the faculty, faculty athletic representative for the university, chair of the Athletic Advisory Committee, and co-chair of a committee on Middle States. McGovern volunteers at the Gettysburg Police Department and the Heritage Festival in Gettysburg.

  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University (2004)
  • M.A., Bowling Green State University
  • B.A., Luther College
  • Summer Research Grant (2009)-$1,200 TRAC grant for "Senior Athletes and Identity"
  • Callings Grant (Fall 2007)-$750 Incorporating Spirituality in Criminal Justice Courses.
  • Summer Research Grant (2006)-$2000 TRAC grant for "Trash Talk-Criminal Behavior among the Elderly"
  • National Champion Senior Games (2011)-Gold Medal, Racquetball, Houston, Texas
  • Awarded Auxiliary Police Officer Position (January 2008)-Gettysburg Police Department
  • Non-service Fellowship (Summer 2004) -Bowling Green State University
  • Research Presenter-paper unanimously chosen by faculty to be presented during Campus Visit
  • Seminar at BGSU (Spring 2002)
  • Cyber Security
  • Cyber Crime
  • Cyber Law and Policy
  • Cyber Criminology

McGovern, Virginia, Steve Demuth, and Joe Jacoby. Racial and Ethnic Recidivism Risks: A Comparison of Postincarceratation Rearrest, Reconviction, and Reincarceration Among White, Black, and Hispanic Releasees. The Prison Journal, Vol. 89, No. 3, 309-327 (2009).

McGovern, Virginia. Trash Talk-Fee Evasion and Techniques of Neutralization by Older Women in Response to Rising Garbage Collection Fees. The Internet Journal of Criminology 2010.

McGovern, Virginia and Stephen Demuth. Race/Ethnicity and Recidivism Risk: The Importance of Considering Nativity when examining White-Black-Hispanic Differences. International Journal of Sociological Research. Vol. 3, Nos. 1-2, (January-December, 2010) 19-34.

McGovern is currently working on two books and three journal articles.