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Sarah E Lageson

Department Affiliations

University Affiliations

  • Law School


I am a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Minnesota, where I study crime, punishment, and media. My research investigates the expansion of crime reporting, particularly online. My dissertation is a mixed methods study of the dissemination and effects of digital crime reporting, such as through criminal history databases, blogs, mugshots, social media and crime journalism. I am also a sociology instructor, a dissertation fellow, a contributor to The Society Pages, and a research consultant for non-profits.


  • media, technology, punishment, law, criminal records

Educational Background

  • BA: Anthropology/History, Washington University in St. Louis, 2007.
  • MA: Sociology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2012.


  • Sarah Lageson, Mike Vuolo, and Chris Uggen. 2014. “Legal Ambiguity in Managerial Assessments of Criminal Records.” Forthcoming at Law and Social Inquiry.
  • Chris Uggen, Mike Vuolo, Sarah Lageson, Ebony Ruhland, Hilary Whitham. 2014. “The Edge of Stigma: An Experimental Audit of the Effects of Low-level Criminal Records on Employment.” Forthcoming at Criminology.
  • Mike Vuolo, Chris Uggen, and Sarah Lageson. 2014. “Taste Clusters of Music and Drugs: Evidence from Three Analytical Levels.” Forthcoming at the British Journal of Sociology
  • Sarah Shannon and Sarah Lageson, 2014. "Discovering Desistance." In Crime and the Punished edited by Chris Uggen and Doug Hartmann. New York: W.W. Norton
  • Sarah Lageson and Chris Uggen. 2013. “Crime, Punishment and Employment Over the Life Course.” Handbook of Life Course Criminology edited by Marvin Krohn and Chris Gibson. New York: Springer.
  • Sarah Lageson, Sinan Erensu, and Kyle Green. 2013. "Laughter and the Political Landscape.” The Social Side of Politics, edited by Chris Uggen and Doug Hartmann. New York W.W. Norton.
  • Sarah Lageson, Kyle Green and Sinan Erensu. 2011. The Wire Goes to College. Contexts 10(3): 12-15.
  • Mike Vuolo, Chris Uggen, and Sarah Lageson. “The Effect of the Great Recession on Entry-Level Job Applicants by Race: A Happenstance Experiment.” Under review.
  • Sarah Lageson. 2014. “Correcting American Corrections, with Francis Cullen, David Garland, David Jacobs, and Jeremy Travis.” In Crime and the Punished, edited by Chris Uggen and Doug Hartmann. New York: W.W. Norton.

Research Activities

  • An Experimental Look at Reading Crime News Online
  • Crime News in a Digital World: Dissertation Research

Creative Activities

  • KFAI community radio

Professional Activities

  • The Society Pages: Graduate Editorial Board
  • Office Hours Podcast: Producer/Host
  • Contexts Magazine Graduate Editorial Board
  • Contexts Podcast - Producer/Host

Outreach Activities

  • Council on Crime and Justice: Research Consultant
  • MN FATHER Project - Goodwill EasterSeals: Research Consultant


  • Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellow, University of Minnesota, 2013 - 2014
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) Award
  • Small Grants (3) - CLA Infotech
  • Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellow, University of Minnesota, 2013 - 2014

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to American Criminal Justice
  • Sociology of Law (TA)
  • Sociology of Punishment and Corrections (TA)
  • Criminal Law in American Society
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