Zahra Shekarkhar

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Phone: 910-672-2094 


Room: LTB 319 


PHD, Criminology, University of Florida
MA, Criminology, University of Florida
BA, Criminology, University of Miami

Courses Taught

CRJC 200 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJC 203 Ethics in Criminal Justice
CRJC 220 Community Corrections
CRJC 314 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CRJC 340 White Collar Crime
CRJC 351 Special Problems in Criminal Justice
CRJC 370 Immigration and Crime
CRJC 501 Foundations of Criminal Justice

Research Interests

Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Immigration in the Criminal Justice System.

An exploration of how race, ethnicity, gender, and immigration status intersect with social contexts to produce disparities in offending and victimization among youth. 


Hu, X., and Shekarkhar, Z. (2017). "Police Subculture." In The Criminal Justice System, Volume 2: Law Enforcement and Courts, 2nd edition. Pgs. 514-516. Salem Press: Ipswich, MA.

Shekarkhar, Z. (2016). "Does Immigration Impact Crime?" In Crime and Criminal Justice: Concepts and Controversies, 2nd edition. Pgs. 374-376. SAGE Publication: Thousand Oaks, CA.

Latimore, T. L., Peguero, A. A., Popp, A. M., Shekarkhar, Z., and Koo, D. J. (2017). "School-Based Activities, Misbehavior, Discipline, and Racial and Ethnic Disparities." Education and Urban Society.

Peguero, A. A., Bondy, J. M., and Shekarkhar, Z. (2017). "Punishing Latina/o Youth: School Justice, Fairness, Order, Dropping Out, and Gender Disparities." Hispanic Journal of Behavior Sciences, 39(1), 98-125.

Peguero, A. A., Shekarkhar, Z. Popp, A. M., and Koo, D. J. (2015). "Punishing the Children of Immigrants: Race, Ethnicity, Generational Status, Student Misbehavior, and School Discipline." Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 13, 200-220.

Peguero, A. A., Popp, A. M., and Shekarkhar, Z. (2015). "Breaking Stereotypes and School Punishment: Family Socioeconomic Status, Test Scores, Academic and Sport Activities, Backlash, and Racial and Ethnic Discipline Disparities." Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 13, 59-85.

Peguero, A. A., Popp, A. M., Shekarkhar, Z., Latimore, T. L., and Koo, D. J. (2013). "Punishing Racial and Ethnic Minority Student Athletes." Justice Policy Journal, 10, 1-28.

Peguero, A. A., Portillos, E., Hong, J. S., Gonzalez, J. C., Kahle, L., and Shekarkhar, Z. (2013). "Victimization, Urbanicity, and the Relevance of Context: School Routines, Race and Ethnicity, and Adolescent Violence." Journal of Criminology, 13, 1-14.

Koo, D. J., Peguero, A. A., and Shekarkhar, Z. (2012). "The "Model Minority" Victim: Immigration, Gender, and Asian American Vulnerabilities to Violence at School." Journal of Ethnicity and Criminal Justice, 10, 129-147.

Koo, D. J., Peguero, A. A., and Shekarkhar, Z. (2012). "Gender, Immigration, and School Victimization." Victims & Offenders, 7, 77-96.

Shekarkhar, Z., and Peguero, A. A. (2011). "Latina Exposure to Violence at School." Justice Policy Journal, 8, 2-26.

Peguero, A. A., Popp, A. M., Latimore, T. L., Shekarkhar, Z., and, Koo, D. J. (2011). "Social Control Theory and School Misbehavior: Examining the Role of Race and Ethnicity." Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 9, 259-275.

Shekarkhar, Z., and Gibson, C. L. (2011). "Gender, Self-Control, and Offending Behaviors among Latino Youth." Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 27, 63-80.

Peguero, A. A., and Shekarkhar, Z. (2011). "Latino/a Student Misbehavior and School Punishment." Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Science, 33, 54-70.

Hayes-Smith, R., and Shekarkhar, Z. (2010). "Why is Prostitution Criminalized? An Alternative Viewpoint on the Construction of Sex Work." Contemporary Justice Review, 13, 43-55.


Guevara, L., and Shekarkhar, Z. "A Comparison of a Collegiate Learning Assessment-Style Task Across Two Undergraduate Criminal Justice Courses." Presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, March 24, 2017, Kansas City, MO.

Shekarkhar, Z., Guevara, L., Brown, J., and McElrath, K. "Perception or Reality: Students' Perception of School Suspension." Presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 17, 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Shekarkhar, Z., and Gibson, C.L. "Substance Use among Immigrant Youth in Chicago." Presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 19, 2015, Washington, D.C.

Shekarkhar, Z., and Gibson, C.L. "Mental Health among Latino Immigrant Youth in Chicago." Presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 22, 2013, Atlanta, GA.

Shekarkhar, Z., and Santos, S. D. "Racial and Gender Differences in Misdemeanant Probationers' Perspectives on the Severity of Criminal Sanctions." Presented at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, April 26, 2013, Atlanta, GA.


American Society of Criminology
Division on People of Color and Crime
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network

Honors, Awards, and Grants

Fostering Innovations in Teaching Grant Recipient, Fayetteville State University, $4,000
2015 Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Criminal Justice, Fayetteville State University
2013 Graduate Minority Fellowship Award, American Society of Criminology, $6,000


Faculty advisor for the student group National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice.