Department of Sociology

Kevin Dahaghi

B.A., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Kevin Dahaghi



Criminology; Demography; Organizations; Political Sociology; Sociology of Law


Kevin Dahaghi is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Kevin uses historical and statistical research methods to investigate the origins and development of policies that govern punishment and legal rights in the United States.  

His dissertation examines how organizations and policymakers implement new laws that expand the state’s exercise of social control. Using a combination of original data sources, his work traces transformations in interest groups politics during an era of “smart-on-crime” approaches to governance. He focuses on the interplay between social contexts and organizational actors that shape policy agendas and the implications of these policy outcomes for social inequality.

Kevin’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and has received awards from the American Sociological Association, the American Society of Criminology, the Eastern Sociological Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Kevin received his B.A. in Sociology and Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

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