Department of Sociology

Katie Kaufman Rogers

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Doctoral Candidate
Katie Kaufman Rogers



Race, Gender, and Class · Culture · Crime, Law, and Deviance · Work · Qualitative Methods


Katie Kaufman Rogers is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is also an affiliate of the Urban Ethnography Lab and completing a doctoral portfolio in Women's and Gender Studies. Her research has received awards from the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, and the UT Center for Women and Gender Studies, and is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. Katie's dissertation “Cultivating Legitimacy: An Intersectional Analysis of the Legal Cannabis Industry” uses 50 in-depth interviews, a year of participant observation, and media analyses to examine differently racialized women's participation in the United States' newly regulated cannabis industry.


SOC 307T • Punishment And Society-Wb

44625 • Spring 2021
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM
Internet; Synchronous


This course examines the social construction of crime and society’s responses to it, with a focus on punishment as a method of social control. The course begins by historicizing settler-colonial origins of the U.S. criminal punishment system. Sociological approaches to power, deviance, and social control are introduced to contextualize this history. These frameworks are then applied to various components of the modern U.S. criminal punishment system, including criminalization, policing, courts, and incarceration (including immigrant detention). Resistance, reforms, abolition, and other alternatives to these systems are explored. Special attention is paid to how power operates through punishment and (re)produces inequalities at the intersections of race/ethnicity, citizen status, gender, sexuality, and social class.


Required Texts

N/A (all texts will be provided by the instructor)


Grading Policy

Weekly Quizzes                   10 pts (10%)

In-Class Activities                30 pts (30%)

Midterm Exam                      30 pts (30%)

Final Exam                            30 pts (30%)


Scores will not be rounded up or down

(e.g., an A- includes all scores 90.000 through 92.999)


A   93-100

A-  90-92

B+ 87-89

B   83-86

B-  80-82

C+ 77-79

C   73-76

C-  70-72

D+ 67-69

D   63-66

D-  60-62

F (59 and below)


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    305 E 23rd St, A1700
    RLP 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712-1086