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Positions Held

Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University-Newark, 2015-present. 

 

Education     

Ph.D. Sociology, 2015, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Dissertation: Digital Punishment: The Production & Effects of Online Crime Reporting

M.A. Sociology, 2012, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Thesis: Employer Perspectives of Criminal Records

B.A. Anthropology & History, 2007, Washington University in St. Louis     

 

Journal Articles       

Sarah Lageson. Forthcoming. “Crime Data, the Internet, and Free Speech: An Evolving Legal Consciousness.” Law & Society Review.

Mike Vuolo, Sarah Lageson, and Chris Uggen. Forthcoming. “Criminal Record Questions in the Era of ‘Ban the Box.’” Criminology & Public Policy.

Sarah Lageson. 2016. “Found Out and Opting Out: The Consequences of Online Criminal Records for Families.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 665(1):127-141.

Sarah Lageson. 2016. "Digital Punishment's Tangled Web." Contexts. Available online here. 

Mike Vuolo, Chris Uggen, and Sarah Lageson. 2016. “Statistical Power in Experimental Audit Studies: Cautions and Calculations for Paired Tests with Dichotomous Outcomes.” Sociological Methods & Research 45(2):260-303. S

Sarah Lageson, Mike Vuolo, and Chris Uggen. 2015. “Legal Ambiguity in Managerial Assessments of Criminal Records.” Law and Social Inquiry 40(1):175-204.

Chris Uggen, Mike Vuolo, Sarah Lageson, Ebony Ruhland, Hilary Whitham. 2014. “The Edge of Stigma: An Experimental Audit of the Effects of Low-level Criminal Records on Employment.” Criminology 52(4):627-654.

Mike Vuolo, Chris Uggen, and Sarah Lageson. 2014. “Taste Clusters of Music and Drugs: Evidence from Three Analytical Levels.” British Journal of Sociology 65(3):520-54.

Sarah Lageson, Kyle Green, and Sinan Erensu. 2011. “The Wire Goes to College.” Contexts (10)3:12-15.

 

Books

Kyle Green and Sarah Lageson. Forthcoming. Give Methods a Chance: Interviews with Social Scientists. New York: W.W. Norton. 

 

Book Chapters & Reviews

Sarah Lageson. 2015. “Book Review: The Eternal Criminal Record by James B. Jacobs.” Canadian Journal of Crime and Criminal Justice.

Sarah Lageson. 2015. “Music and the Quest for a Tribe.” Getting Culture. New York: W.W. Norton.

Sarah Lageson. 2014. “Correcting American Corrections, with Francis Cullen, David Garland, David Jacobs, and Jeremy Travis.” Crime and the Punished. New York: W.W. Norton.

Sarah Shannon and Sarah Lageson. 2014. "Discovering Desistance." Crime and the Punished. New York: W.W. Norton.

Sarah Lageson and Chris Uggen. 2013. “Crime, Punishment and Employment Over the Life Course.” Handbook of Life Course Criminology, edited by Marvin Krohn and Chris Gibson. New York: Springer.

Sarah Lageson, Sinan Erensu, and Kyle Green. 2013. "Laughter and the Political Landscape.” The Social Side of Politics. New York: W.W. Norton.

 

Online Writing & Briefs

“Counterpoint: The Downside of Highlighting Crime on Social Media.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune op-ed. 2016.

“The Harmful Effects of Online Criminal Records.” Scholar Strategy Network Brief. 2016.

“The Enduring Effects of Online Mug Shots.” The Society Pages roundtable. 2014. “Health, Science and Shared Disparities.” The Society Pages feature 2014.

“Correcting American Corrections,” The Society Pages roundtable. 2012.

“Love, Family and Incarceration: A Conversation with Megan Comfort.” The Society Pages feature. 2012.

“Social Scientists Studying Social Movements.” The Society Pages roundtable, with Kyle Green and Sinan Erensu. 2012. 

 

 

Articles Under Review        

Mike Vuolo, Chris Uggen, and Sarah Lageson. “Race, Recession, and Social Closure in the Low Wage Labor Market: Experimental and Observational Evidence.” Revise & Resubmit

Sarah Lageson and Suzy Maves-McElrath. “Gender and Victim Culpability in Criminalizing Revenge Porn.” Under review. 

 

Research in Progress

-  The Effects of Online Reader Comments on Crime News: An Online Experiment. Manuscript available.

-  Reposting the Rap Sheet: Citizen Engagement in Online Criminal Justice Reports. Manuscript available.

-  Punishment & Labeling in the Digital Archive (w/Shadd Maruna). In progress.

-  Uses, Abuses, and Error in Criminal Records. In progress.

-  Criminal Justice Data Collection Practices in Newark. In progress.

-  Community Court Mental Health Initiative, with Center for Court Innovation (w/Andres Rengifo). In progress.

-  Ethnography of Brooklyn’s Night Court. Preliminary stages.

-  Prison-Based Higher Education & Social Networks(w/ Sara Wakefield & Todd Clear). Preliminary stages.

-  Attrition in Public Defender Offices (w/ Valerio Bacak). Preliminary stages. 

 

Awards & Grants    

2016. Rutgers University Chancellor’s Seed Grant, “Community Court Mental Health Initiative,” Co-PI with Andres Rengifo ($75,000)

2016. Rutgers University Chancellor’s Seed Grant, “Criminal Justice Data Practices in Newark,” Principal Investigator ($25,000)

2015. Social Cohesion and Technology grant for Give Methods a Chance ($2,500)

2014-2015. Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. University of Minnesota. ($22,500)

2013-2014. Bilinski Educational Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. ($25,500)

2013. Selected Participant for Law and Society Association Graduate Student Workshop

2012. Ron Anderson Technology and Social Cohesion Award ($2,500)

2011-2013. Graduate Digital Media Fellowship. College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology, University of Minnesota ($45,000)

2011-2013. University of Minnesota Professional Development Award ($3,000)

2010. Public Sociology Award, University of Minnesota Department of Sociology

2010. Graduate Research Partnership Program, University of Minnesota ($4,000)

2010. Academic Technology Grant, University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology ($5,000)

2008. Segal Americorps Education Award ($5,000)

2007. Helen & Isaac Izenberg Writing Award, Washington University in St. Louis

 

Research Positions

Research Assistant, Minnesota Population Center. 2014-2015.
PI: Erin Kelly & Phyllis Moen
Coordinated longitudinal study of employment policies

Digital Media Fellow, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota. 2011-2013.
Produced research and teaching media for Sociology Department and College

Research Assistant, University of Minnesota Law School. 2010-2012.
PI: Barry C. Feld.
Conducted quantitative analyses published in Kids, Cops and Confessions: Inside the Interrogation Room, NYU Press

Research Assistant, University of Minnesota Sociology. 2009-2010
PI: Chris Uggen
Collected data for experimental field audit of criminal records and employment

 

Courses Designed and Taught       

Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice (CJ 202)

Current Issues in Crime Control (SOC 4108)

Criminal Law in American Society (SOC 4161)

Introduction to American Criminal Justice (SOC 3101)

Introduction to Sociology (SOC 100)

           

Editorial

Graduate Editorial Board, Law & Society Review. 2014-2015.

Graduate Editorial Board, The Society Pages. 2010-2015

Founding Producer and Host, Office Hours Social Science Podcast. 2008-present.

Founding Producer and Host, Give Methods a Chance Social Science Podcast 2015-present

Graduate Editorial Board, Contexts Magazine. 2009-2011.

 

Applied Research & Nonprofit Work      

Grants, Program Evaluation & Statistical Consulting

Mind the Gap’ Prisoner Reentry Project. 2012.

Seward Towers Housing Complex Community Survey. 2012.

‘Families in Focus’ Prison Parenting Program, Minnesota Department of Corrections. 2010-2012.

Prisoner Re-Entry Family Strengthening Project, Council on Crime and Justice. 2007-2011.

‘Healthy Educational Lifestyles Project,’ Prison Education Program, Minnesota Department of Corrections. 2008-2010.

 

Qualitative Research, Writing & Editing

Crime Victim Service Access Project. 2014.

Domestic Violence Research Initiative Report for United Way. 2010.

Minnesota FATHER Project Program Documentation. 2009.

Minneapolis Public Schools, Institutional Ethnography. 2008.

The State of Fatherhood Programming in Minnesota, Special Report: Minnesota Fathers and Families Network. 2008.

 

Research Staff Positions

Research Coordinator, Council on Crime and Justice, Minneapolis, MN. 2008-2009.

Research Assistant, Americorps VISTA MN Prisoner Reentry Initiative. 2007-2008.

 

Professional Presentations

2016. “Uses, Abuses, and Error in Criminal History Data Across Platforms.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans. 

2016 “Before and After Ban the Box: Employer Responses in Minnesota.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans. with Lesley Schneider.

2016. "Digital Punishment in Online American Media." International Sociology Association Annual Conference, Vienna, Austria. 

2015. *Invited Presentation. “Balancing Public Data, Privacy Interests, and Punishment in Online Crime Reporting.” Robina Institute, University of Minnesota Law School. Watch the debate here

2015. “Tough on Crime, Tough on Families? Criminal Justice and Family Life in America.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting: Washington, DC.

2015. “Legislating Revenge Porn: Protecting Victims and Preserving Civil Liberties. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting: Washington, DC., with Meagen Hildebrand.

2015. “The Consequences of Online Criminal Records for Children and Families.” Tough on Crime, Tough on Families? Criminal Justice and Family Life in America Conference: Ithaca, NY

2014. *“Digital Punishment: The Production and Consequences of Online Crime Reporting.” University of Minnesota, Sociology Workshop Talk.

2014. *“The Effects of Online Reader Comments on Crime News.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting: San Francisco, CA.

2014. “How Do Employers Ask about Criminal Records on Entry-Level Job Applications?” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting: San Francisco, CA., with Mike Vuolo and Chris Uggen.

2014. *“Conceptions of the First Amendment and Online Crime Reporting.” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting: Minneapolis, MN.

2014. Invited Discussant. “Mass Media and the Public Sphere.” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting: Omaha, NE.

2013. *“The Construction of Crime through News and Blogging.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting: Atlanta, GA.

2013. “Statistical Power in Experimental Audit Studies: Cautions and Calculations for Paired Tests with Dichotomous Outcomes. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting: Atlanta, GA., with Mike Vuolo and Chris Uggen

2013. *“Punishment, Society and Journalism: Interviews with Bloggers and Journalists.” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting: Boston, MA.

2013. “Critical Dialogue: New Media and Sociology.” Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting: New York, NY.

2013. *“Public Sociology Online.” Media Sociology Pre-Conference to ASA Annual Meeting: New York, NY.

2013. *“The Construction of Crime through News and Blogging.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting: Atlanta, GA.

2013. “The Effect of the Great Recession on Entry-Level Job Applicants by Race: A Happenstance Field Experiment.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting: New York, NY, with Mike Vuolo and Chris Uggen.

2013. “Statistical Power in Experimental Audit Studies: Cautions and Calculations for Paired Tests with Dichotomous Outcomes.” American Criminological Society Annual Meting: Atlanta, GA.

2012. “Evaluation of a Federally-Funded Prisoner Reentry Program.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting: Chicago, IL., with Ebony Ruhland.

2012. *“Employer Perspectives on Criminal Records.” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting: Minneapolis, MN., with Mike Vuolo and Chris Uggen.

2011. “Music and Drugs: Evidence from Three Analytical Levels.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting: Las Vegas, NV.

2011. *“Qualitative Evidence for Employer Decision-Making for Applicants with Criminal Records.” Sociology Research Institute, University of Minnesota: Minneapolis, MN.

2010. *“Employer Decisions Regarding Criminal Records: A Comparison of Self-Reported and Observed Behavior.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting: San Francisco, CA., with Mike Vuolo and Chris Uggen.

2009. “An Experimental Audit of the Effects of Low-level Criminal Records on Employment.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting: San Francisco, CA. Also presented at the Department of Sociology Workshop, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota: Minneapolis, MN.

*denotes solo presentation or lead presenter

 

Memberships

American Sociological Association, American Society of Criminology, Midwest Sociological Society, Law and Society Association