It’s Time for the Digital Mug Shot Industry to Die. Slate.

Privacy Concerns Don’t Stop People from Putting Their DNA on the Internet to Help Solve Crimes. The Conversation.

There’s No Such Thing as Expunging a Criminal Record Anymore. Slate.

It’s Time to Address the Damage of a ‘Criminal’ Digital Reputation (with Jordan Hyatt). Collateral Consequences Resource Center.

Can a Criminal Record Ever Be Fully Expunged? Pacific Standard.

Op ed: The Downside of Highlighting Crime on Facebook" Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Digital Punishment’s Tangled Web. Contexts.


Digital Punishment. Forthcoming, Oxford University Press.

Give Methods a Chance: Interviews with Social Scientists. Co-authored with Kyle Green. 2018. New York: W.W. Norton.
(based on the podcast!)


Expert testimony on the harms of digital criminal records. United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Taha v. Bucks County Correctional Facility.

Testimony on automatic expungements. New Jersey State Assembly Judiciary Committee, Expedited Expungement Bill.

White paper: Technical advances in background checking and the impact on work opportunities in New Jersey. New Jersey Future of Work Task Force.

Policy Proposals for the 2019 Legislative Session. Scholars Strategy Network.


Alessandro Corda and Sarah Lageson. 2019. “Disordered Punishment: Workaround Technologies of Criminal Records Disclosure and the Rise of a New Penal Entrepreneurialism.” Forthcoming in British Journal of Criminology.

Sarah Lageson. 2019. “Digital Legal Subjects and the Use of Online Criminal Court Records for Research.” Forthcoming in the Elgar Research Handbook on Law and Courts.

Valerio Bacak, Sarah Lageson, and Kathleen Powell. 2019. “Fighting the Good Fight: Why Do Public Defenders Remain on the Job?” Forthcoming in Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Sarah Lageson, Megan Denver, and Justin Pickett. 2019. “Privatizing Criminal Stigma: Experience, Intergroup Contact, and Public Views about Publicizing Arrest Records.” Punishment & Society 21(3):315-341.

Sarah Lageson, Suzy Maves McElrath, and Krissinda Palmer. 2019. “Gendered Public Support for Criminalizing ‘Revenge Porn.’” Forthcoming in Feminist Criminology.

Sarah Lageson. 2018. Policy Essay: The Politics of Public Punishment. Criminology & Public Policy 17(3): 635-642.

Sarah Lageson and Shadd Maruna. 2018. “Digital Degradation: Stigma Management in the Internet Age.” Punishment & Society 20(1):113-133.

Sarah Lageson. 2017. “Crime Data, the Internet, and Free Speech: An Evolving Legal Consciousness.” Law & Society Review 51(1):8-41.

Mike Vuolo, Sarah Lageson, and Chris Uggen. 2017. “Criminal Record Questions in the Era of ‘Ban the Box.’” Criminology & Public Policy 16(1):139-165.

Mike Vuolo, Chris Uggen, and Sarah Lageson. 2017. “Race, Recession, and Social Closure in the Low Wage Labor Market: Experimental and Observational Evidence.” Research in the Sociology of Work 30:141-183.

Sarah Lageson and Christiane Schwarz. 2017. Criminal Records. Oxford Bibliographies in Criminology. Ed. Beth M. Huebner. New York: Oxford University Press.

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 15(1):22-27. Available online. Reprinted in Contexts Reader 3rd Edition, 2018. Syed Ali & Philip N. Cohen, eds. New York: W.W. Norton.

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.

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 and Chris Uggen. 2013. “How Work Affects Crime – and Crime Affects Work – Over the Life Course.” Handbook of Life Course Criminology, edited by Marvin Krohn and Chris Gibson. New York: Springer.