Crime and Punishment

The study of crime and punishment has become increasingly central to our understanding of how society works.  Crime varies widely across time and place, for example, and is deeply intertwined with multiple forms of social stratification.   Societal reactions to crime in the form of mass incarceration have in turn been linked to increasing racial and economic inequality.  This research cluster draws together faculty in sociology and across the university to address these and other fundamental questions about crime and its control.  The Program in Criminal Justice at the Kennedy School is a key institutional hub for intellectual dialogue.

News related to Crime & Punishment

Police Violence and Citizen Crime Reporting in the Black Community

October 11, 2016

In a new study, published in the current issue of the American Sociological Review, I investigate how publicized cases of police violence against unarmed black men — most prominently the 2004 beating of Frank Jude by white police officers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin — affected 911 calls in Milwaukee. Coauthored with fellow sociologists Andrew Papachristos (of Yale) and David S.

Asad selected as Radcliffe Fellow

Asad selected as Radcliffe Fellow

May 13, 2016

Doctoral candidate Asad L. Asad was one of three graduate students selected to be a Radcliffe Institute Graduate Student Fellow for 2016-17.  During his fellowship Asad will be completing his dissertation on "Living in the Shadows? Reconsidering How Immigrants Experience Enforcement Policy".

Race, Self-Selection, and the Job Search Process

Race, Self-Selection, and the Job Search Process

January 20, 2016

Discrimination in hiring continues to limit the opportunities available to racial minorities. How do job seekers respond to this reality? Some argue that job seekers tailor their searches in ways that allow them to avoid discrimination. Others suggest that job seekers adapt by casting a wider net in their search. Until now, we have known little about this process, largely because no existing data source has closely followed individuals through their job search.

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