Crime, Law, Deviance, and Punishment; Labor and Unionization; Political Sociology; Qualitative Research Methods; Social Theory.
I’m currently studying a range of subjects, including bail, pre-sentence investigation reports, domestic violence protection orders, and crime desistance. I’m also finishing a book that uses historical case studies of state penal development to theorize about penal change.
Breaking the Pendulum: The Long Struggle Over Criminal Justice (with Phil Goodman and Michelle Phelps. Forthcoming. Oxford University Press.
The 'Toughest Beat': Politics, Punishment, and the Prison Officers' Union in California. 2011. New York: Oxford University Press.
“‘It Can’t Be a Lie’: The Wire as Breaching Experiment.” Everything is Connected: The Politics of HBO’s “The Wire.” with Joe Soss. Forthcoming. Edited by Shirin Deylami and Jonathan Havercroft. New York: Routledge. Invited.
“The Long Struggle: An Agonistic Perspective on Penal Development.” with Phil Goodman and Michelle Phelps. 2015. Theoretical Criminology.
“The State of the Job: An Embedded Work Role Perspective on Prison Officer Attitudes.” with Amy Lerman. 2012. Punishment & Society 14(5): 503-529.
"Eliminating the Enemy: The Import of Denying Prisoners Access to Higher Education in Clinton's America." 2004. Punishment and Society 6(4):357-3