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Outstanding Faculty Awards

Zina McGee

Professor of Sociology
Hampton University

Zina T. McGee, Endowed University Professor of Sociology, has taught research methods, statistics, and criminology in the Department of Sociology at Hampton University for 18 years. Her areas of specialization include juvenile delinquency, violent victimization among minority youth, and patterns of coping among women in prison.

She is the recipient of a faculty development research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, which examines patterns of coping, victimization and offending among minority youth, and the recipient of a faculty development award to investigate patterns of drug addiction among minority women in prison. Survey data have been collected on youth in the Hampton Roads area and women in prisons and jails in four states including Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, and New York. She is Director of the Behavioral Sciences Research Center and Co-Director of the Career Opportunities in Research (COR) Program.

Dr. McGee’s recent research publications include Community Violence and Adolescent Development: Assessing Risk and Protective Factors among African American Youth and Impact of Violence on Problem Behavior among Adolescents: Risk Factors among an Urban Sample. She has also published From the Inside: Patterns of Coping with Incarceration Among Mothers in Prison and Delinquent Behavior, Victimization and Coping Among Latino Adolescents with Hampton University graduates and undergraduates.

She is a Career Development Fellow at the National Consortium on Violence Research and is currently serving on the Youth Safety Commission and the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. Dr. McGee is also a consultant for the Violence Inoculation Project/Protect Our Kids Initiative, which provides services to families affected by domestic violence incidents.

She is the Faculty Advisor for the Golden Key International Honour Society and Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, at Hampton University. Additionally, she is the recipient of the Edward L. Hamm Distinguished Teaching Award, the Provost Teaching Innovation Award, the Honors Council Advisor of the Year Award, and the Best Mentorship Research Site Award from the New Horizons Governor’s School for Science and Technology. Dr. McGee received both a B.A. and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Tulane University.

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Dr. Zina McGee


"Not only are my students addressing the issue of youth violence in the classroom, but they are also involved in laboratory and field research as they collect data and provide information on violence prevention strategies to children and their families. Moreover, these students have served as mentors to children to break the cycle of violence…"