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.