Department of Sociology

Samantha Simon

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Samantha Simon



Samantha Simon is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests include gender, race, the criminal justice system, workplace inequality, and violence. In her dissertation work, Samantha provides evidence of the organizational practices of law enforcement that lead to racist use of force. Drawing on one year of field work at police departments, she turns the attention away from explanations of police violence that point to officers’ individual racial biases, the purported necessity of using force in high-crime areas, or inadequate de-escalation training, to instead examine how police hiring and training result in racist violence.

Previously, Samantha has worked on projects examining how civilian firearms schools teach people to think about, and engage in, violence; how race and gender inequality are embedded in Hollywood talent agencies; and why women and racial minorities leave STEM occupations at disproportionate rates. Samantha earned her M.A. in sociology from The University of Texas at Austin and her B.A. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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