Wade C. Jacobsen

Wade C. Jacobsen
1001 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802

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Wade Jacobsen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminology (expected completion May 2017). He graduated with BS and MS degrees in Sociology from Brigham Young University. Prior to coming to Penn State, he was a Research Specialist at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University where he was involved with survey design and data management for the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study.

At Penn State, Wade's research examines the effects of punishment, such as incarceration and school discipline, on educational and behavioral outcomes across the life course. He is particularly interested in the consequences of punishment for individual social networks, including friendship and family networks, and in the role of social networks in the association between punishment and subsequent behavior. In his dissertation, he uses data from PROSPER to examine discontinutiy in adolescent friendship ties following suspension from school. 

In August 2017, Wade will be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland and as a Faculty Associate at the Maryland Population Research Center.


Exclusionary School Discipline and Adolescent Friendship Networks: A Longitudinal Social Network Analysis of Labeling Theory

Dissertation Chair(s):

D. Wayne Osgood, Michelle L. Frisco, Scott D. Gest, Derek A. Kreager, David M. Ramey

Research Interests:

Life course criminology, social networks, family, education