L. Ash Smith
Research Interests: Crime and Punishment; Inequality and Stratification; Urban Poverty; Sociology of Law
Ash Smith is a doctoral student in Sociology and a J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. Originally from New Haven, Ash attended the University of Notre Dame, majoring in Sociology, with minors in Public Service and Poverty Studies. While an undergraduate, Ash worked at homeless shelters in Indiana and New York, a public defender’s office in Appalachian Kentucky, and the American Bar Association’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Section in Washington, D.C. Ash co-authored a chapter on the criminalization of poverty in Rural Poverty in the United States (Columbia University Press, 2017). Her capstone paper addressed inequities in criminal justice and the efficacy of specialty court diversion programs for criminal defendants.
Ash began her studies at Harvard Law School in 2017, thereafter interning at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. She is now pursuing a Ph.D./J.D. dual degree to examine inequities under law and the disparate impact of social policies, particularly regarding crime and punishment.
B.A. in Sociology, University of Notre Dame (summa cum laude, 2017)
J.D., Harvard Law School (expected 2022)