Department of Sociology

Crime, Law, and Deviance Workgroup (CLD)

The Crime, Law and Deviance workgroup (CLD) meets periodically throughout each semester to discuss ongoing, original research related to the topics of crime, law, and deviance. The meeting format supports comprehensive feedback on various in-house projects, papers, and applications. This format, and our focus on work that is still in development, is unique compared to the other workgroups - who will typically invite guest speakers and review research that has already been published.
Our meetings are organized and facilitated by our graduate student members, and we have incredible support from our faculty participants. These experiences guide our collective agenda, provide support among peers, and foster a collaborative research community.
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, Kevin Dahagi ( and Andrew Krebs (

Graduate Students

Beth Cozzolino: Gender, family, stratification, and incarceration as a means of child support enforcement
Kevin Dahaghi: Public perception of crime and law enforcement
Jorge Derpic: Political Sociology, criminology and delinquency, poverty and inequality
Michael Garcia: Social connectivity, health and inequality
Carmen Gutierrez: Criminal justice and healthcare, demography
Kathy Hill: Social inequality, social stratification and legal financial obligations
Andrew Krebs: Criminal justice and mental health systems, re-entry from prison and jail
Alejandro Ponce De Leon: Latin America, political and armed violence, crime victimization surveys
Ilya Slavinski: Mass incarceration, prison policy, alternative justice models, and social movements
Matthew Snidal: Education, the criminalization of youth, and the school-to-prison pipeline
Mary Ellen Stitt: Race and ethnicity, education, community-based participatory research
Haley Stritzel: Family demography, neighborhood effects and crime


Sarah Brayne (faculty advisor): Law enforcement and criminal justice surveillance technologies
Bill Kelly: Criminal justice, program/policy research and evaluation, criminology, ecology of crime
Becky Pettit: Social inequality, race and ethnicity, gender, labor markets
Mary Rose: Juries and jury decision making, empirical analysis of the law, social psychology

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