Research

I use quantitative and qualitative methods to contribute to research on punishment and inequality, incarceration and reentry, and racialized responses to deviance.

Incarceration: (1) I am interested in racial and gender differences in how prisoner integration and involvement affects adjustment within facilities and upon release. As part of the Women’s Prison Inmate Network Study (WO-PINS) with Dr. Dana Haynie and numerous professors and graduate students at various universities, I am analyzing the effects of prisoner integration and social support on mental and physical inmate health. In this area, I also have an article in The Prison Journal examining the causes of negative psychological adjustment associated with perceptions of fairness within the court system. (2) Additionally, I explore the collateral consequences of incarceration. I am working on an article with Amelia (Qi) Li and Dr. Cindy Colen that analyzes incarceration rates’ effect on infant health, and whether incarceration rates mediate racial disparities in infant health. (3) My dissertation contributes to work in this area as well by examining the relationship between race, criminal stigma, human capital, and employment.

Race and deviance (drug use and mass shootings): (1) I have a co-authored manuscript in preparation examining how race of a drug user and media portrayal of drugs affects public public responses to drug use. (2) I also have a co-authored paper in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency exploring how race shapes media framing of mass shooting perpetrators. (3) I am currently working on another co-authored paper that examines how both the race of mass shooting perpetrators and mental health frames in media coverage of mass shootings affect public punitive attitudes.