Areas of Expertise:
Decision Making in Sexual Assault Cases, Intimate Partner Sexual Assault, Qualitative Methods, Special Populations (as Offenders, Victims, and Workers in the Criminal Justice System), Gender and Crime, Mixed-Methods


Eryn Nicole O'Neal (Ph.D., Arizona State University School of Criminology & Criminal Justice) is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University. Her research interests include violence against women, the criminal justice response to sexual violence, special populations (as offenders, victims, and workers in the criminal justice system), and mixed-methods. Her research has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, including Justice Quarterly, Violence Against Women, Feminist Criminology, Child Abuse & Neglect, and Journal of Interpersonal Violence. She is the recipient of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) Division on Women and Crime New Scholar Award (2017), the ASC Division of Victimology Faculty Researcher of the Year Award (2018), and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) William L. Simon/Routledge Outstanding Paper Award (2018 with Brittany E. Hayes). She is an affiliated faculty member with the Crime Victims' Institute (CVI) at Sam Houston State University.