Wayne State College

Molly McDowell

Dr. Molly McDowell is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Wayne State College. She earned her Ph.D. from Texas State University in 2022, where she was named the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology’s Outstanding Doctoral Research Assistant in 2019 and Outstanding Doctoral Teaching Assistant in 2021. She is a member of the American Criminological Society, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and Pi Alpha Alpha, the global public administration honor society.

McDowell has presented her research at national conferences and published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Her research interests include the neighborhood context and geography of crime, gender violence, policy, the effects of gentrification on crime, measurement, and quantitative methods. At WSC, she has taught Police and Society, Criminology, Homeland Security and Terrorism, Correctional Institutions, and a special topics course on crime and place.


Ph.D., Texas State University, 2022

MPA, Binghamton University, 2018

B.A., Cornell University, 2003