Research Interests: Crime & policing; ethnographic methods; poverty & inequality; social policy; urban & community sociology; youth development
Kristina Brant is a PhD Candidate in Sociology and a Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy. She is broadly interested in understanding the causes and consequences of persistent concentrated poverty in rural communities. Currently, she lives in Appalachian Kentucky, where she is studying the impact of the opioid crisis on families. Kristina’s dissertation is an in-depth qualitative investigation of the criminalization of addiction and the subsequent rise of families in kinship care arrangements. She draws primarily on interviews and fieldwork conducted with relative caregivers and parents whose kids are in the care of relatives.
A.B. Sociology (with honors) and Economics, University of Chicago, 2014