Sarah Lageson is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis on law, crime and technology. Her research examines how technology is reshaping crime reporting and how this is changing the nature of criminal punishment in America. Her work has appeared in Criminology, Law and Social Inquiry, the British Journal of Sociology, and numerous edited volumes. Sarah is also interested in a mixed methods approach and producing scholarship accessible to policy and broader public debate. She will be joining the faculty of Rutgers School of Criminal Justice in Fall 2015.

Her dissertation, Crime Reporting in a Wired World: Surveillance, Online Records, and the Digital Punishment Revolution, is a mixed methods study of the production, dissemination and effects of online criminal histories. In this study, she argues that the growth of online crime data is bolstered by First Amendment rights to publish and through the growing interest of police and courts to use digital formats. These practices, however, serve to reinforce social inequalities, as criminal histories are leaked into unregulated, privately-run websites and remain online indefinitely, creating a new form of "digital punishment."

Sarah is also a sociology instructor, a dissertation fellow, a contributor and podcaster to The Society Pages, and a creator of the forthcoming podcast Give Methods a Chance. You can download her cv here.