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Crime, Law, and Deviance

On a biweekly basis, the Crime, Law and Deviance workgroup (CLD) meets to foster community and provide intellectual engagement among students and faculty interested in the topics of crime, law, and deviance. During meetings, we collectively provide comprehensive feedback on various in-house projects, papers, and grant applications. We also periodically invite guest speakers from other departments or universities to present in-progress or recently published works.

Our meetings are organized and facilitated by our graduate student members, and we have a dedicated and active group of faculty participants. Our aim is to foster a collaborative research community that unites different methodologies and epistemologies under the same substantive umbrella.

Together, our knowledge and scholarship of CLD-related research is enhanced by the group’s academic diversity and wide range of perspectives. Some of our workgroup members identify primarily as criminologists or socio-legal scholars, while many others identify as scholars with research interests that intersect with CLD topics.

For more information, please contact the CLD graduate student coordinators, Chloe Craig ( and Faith Deckard ( 


Sarah Brayne: Surveillance; big data; policing; stratification and inequality; race and ethnicity; mixed methods

Chantal Hailey: Education; race and ethnicity; perceptions of safety; neighborhood and school policing

Becky Pettit: Social inequality; race and ethnicity; labor markets; research methods

Mary Rose: Juries and jury decision making; empirical analysis of the law; social psychology

Michael Sierra-Arévalo: Policing; gangs; firearms; violence prevention

Graduate Students

Marta Ascherio: International migration; crime, law, and deviance; political sociology

Lindsay Bing: Criminal justice system; alternative sanctions; misdemeanors; courts; big data; race and ethnicity; inequality

Chloe Craig: Crime and inequality; the criminal justice system and health disparities

Faith Deckard: Criminal justice debt; networks; inequality

Ilana Friedman: American policing; police use of force; American legal history; American criminal and constitutional law; qualitative methods; sociology of law; punishment and society

Julissa Muñiz: Learning in carceral settings; juvenile detention centers; ethnography; incarcerated youth and carceral agents; qualitative methods

Jamie O’Quinn: Sexualities; youth; critical race, feminist, and queer theories; marriage and the family; public sociology; qualitative methods

Matthew Snidal: Education; school discipline; school and neighborhood contexts