Dr. Courtney McDonald

Courtney McDonald

Courtney McDonald
Assistant Professor Criminal Justice

Media Building
Room Number 312
(864) 503-5832
Email: cmcdonal@uscupstate.edu

Formal Education


Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2010


Criminal Justice, University of North Georgia, 2014


Sociology, University of California-Santa Cruz, 2004

Areas of Specialty

Intimate Partner Abuse
Sibling Abuse
Gender and Sexualities


McDonald, C., & Martinez, K. (Forthcoming) Victim narratives of sibling emotional abuse. Child Welfare.

McDonald, C., & Martinez, K. (2017). Victims’ retrospective explanations of sibling sexual violence. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 26(7), p. 874-888.

Martinez, K., & McDonald, C. (2017). Childhood familial victimization: An exploration of gender and sexual identity using the Scale of Negative Family Interactions (SNFI). Journal of Interpersonal Violence, (online), 1-22.

Sarver III, R.A., Dobbs, R.R., Sarver, M.B., and McDonald, C. (2017). Crime-Related Media Programming and Fear of Crime Among Undergraduate Students. Journal of Criminal Justice and Law Review, 6(1), 21-39.

McDonald, C. “Sexual Abuse.” (Forthcoming). Encyclopedia of Juvenile Delinquency and Justice, edited by Christopher J. Schreck.

Martinez, K., & McDonald, C. (2016). “By the Hands of Our Brothers”: An exploration of sibling-to-sibling aggression for victimized heterosexual and sexual minority women.” Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 12(3), 242-256.

McDonald, C., & Martinez, K. (2015) Parental and others’ responses to physical sibling violence: A descriptive analysis of victims’ retrospective accounts. Journal of Family Violence 31(3), 401-410.

McDonald, C., & Belknap. (2014). Intimate partner violence. The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, edited by J.S. Albanese.

Schatz, E., Gilbert, L., & McDonald, C. (2013). ‘If the doctors see that they don’t know how to cure the disease, they say it’s AIDS’: How older women in rural South Africa make sense of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. African Journal of AIDS Research 12(2), 95-104.

McDonald, C. (2012). The social context of woman-to-woman intimate partner abuse. Journal of Family Violence 27(7), 635-645.

Belknap, J., & McDonald, C. (2010). Judges’ attitudes about and experiences with sentencing circles in intimate partner abuse cases. Canadian Journal of Criminology & Criminal Justice 52(4), 369-395.

Academic Career


Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, USC Upstate


Associate Professor, Sociology, Georgia Southwestern State University


Assistant Professor, Sociology, Georgia Southwestern State University