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Dawn K. Cecil, Ph.D.


Phone: (727) 873-4618
Office: USFSP - Heller Hall 236C
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Curriculum Vitae

M.A., Illinois State University
Ph.D., University of Maryland

Dr. Dawn K. Cecil studies media representations of crime and justice to uncover the main messages that contribute to people’s understanding of these issues. In her most recent book, “Fear, Justice & Modern True Crime” (2020), Cecil examines the current wave of true-crime televised series and podcasts to uncover their underlying messages about crime and justice, and to determine the role this popular genre plays in society.

Cecil teaches undergraduate courses in criminological theory and the correctional system, as well as crime in the media and inequalities and crime. In 2018, she received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. Her peer-reviewed work has been published in The Journal of Crime and Justice, The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Feminist Criminology, The Journal of Criminal Justice, and The Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture.