Shana McClain

Shana McClain

PhD Student


criminal justice, disparities, gender, higher education, race and ethnicity, racial justice, research methods, social justice, violence

Professional Biography

Shana McClain has a BS in Sociology, a BS in Psychology, and a MSW from Western Carolina University. Since obtaining her MSW, McClain worked as a researcher at the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault at the University of Texas at Austin. She co-managed a longitudinal mixed-methods project, Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments (CLASE), which explored prevalence and perceptions of intimate partner violence and sexual violence across 13 UT System institutions. Prior to her position at UT, McClain worked in direct practice in both higher education and community settings. She provided counseling services to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as crisis intervention and case management to survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault in a community shelter. McClain has also worked in community organizing across the South to promote full LGBT equality and support grassroots organizers in serving their local communities. As a student-conduct trained restorative justice facilitator, she collaborated with human resources, campus law enforcement, dean of students and leading restorative justice experts to incorporate restorative circles and conferences at the university-level. McClain has also provided consultation services to other university consortiums on campus climate survey design and data presentation. 


  • MSW, Western Carolina University