For the past ten years or so, my
interest has been
in the area of social control and punishment. Specifically, I am
Foucault and other writers who assess the ways that language shapes
experience, and the way that language limits how we think about
example, in prison therapy programs. Also, I am fascinated by the
social control—the unintended consequences of well-intentioned efforts.
Currently, I am
doing research on
reentry programs in the state of Vermont.
I have always been a qualitative researcher, and have conducted
research and in-depth interviews. I have mostly studied intervention
such as the offender reentry programs I am studying now. My
dissertation was on
an HIV prevention program for injection drug users on the west coast.
came to UVM right after
finishing my Ph.D. at UC Berkeley
in 1994. I also received my Master’s degree in sociology from Berkeley.
there I focused on the study
of deviance and on qualitative research. At UVM I teach a large section
Deviance and Social Control, a mid-level class on Punishment and
seminars on Contemporary Justice and a service-learning course on
sociology. I supervise internships for the sociology department as
am active in the
international organization, the Society
for the Study of Social Problems. I am also crime and deviance section
for the new Blackwell on-line Sociology
Compass journal. In my spare time, I am a coffee and dark
enthusiast, fitness zealot, and avid mom of two adorable kids.