Department of Sociology

Andrew Krebs

M.A., DePaul University

Andrew Krebs



Mental Health & Criminal Justice; Criminology; Law & Society


Andrew Krebs is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation research (prospectus pending) investigates the relationship between systems of criminal justice and mental health care with a specific focus on the psychiatric treatment of justice-involved individuals with serious mental illness.

Andrew’s previous research examines judicial perceptions of child custody laws (Law and Social Inquiry 2015), and jury representativeness (Justice Quarterly 2017). He passed his comprehensive exams in Crime, Law & Deviance, and the Sociology of Law.

Andrew is the full-time research assistant to Professor Jay L. Westbrook at the UT School of Law, where he is conducting an investigation into Chapter 11 business bankruptcy cases. Also, in the summer, Andrew teaches "Crime & Justice" for the College of Liberal Arts at UT.

Before enrolling at UT, Andrew graduated with a M.A. in Sociology from DePaul University (2012) and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2010). He is also a proud graduate of Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, OH.

You can follow him on Twitter @A4Andrew


SOC F307T • Punishment And Society

84812 • Summer 2018
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM SAC 5.102

Course Description

This course focuses on punishment and social control in the United States. Students will learn about various justifications for punishment, and the foundations of our contemporary institutions of justice. Students will also be introduced to inequalities in punishment standards, and alternative justice models.

 The course is split into four separate units, each concluding with a unit quiz. The first unit explores the philosophical justifications for punishment, including theories of retribution and deterrence. The second unit illustrates the modern penal system in the U.S., including law enforcement, courts, and correctional systems. Then, the third unit examines how specific inequalities manifest within our modern penal system. And finally, the fourth unit addresses our reliance on punishment and introduces alternative justice models.

 Required Texts

The required readings will be available in Canvas online. There are no additional book costs or fees.

Grading Policy

 Four quizzes account for 80% of the overall grade (20% each). Student participation and attendance in class accounts for the remaining 20% of the overall grade.


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