Monday, April 20, 2020
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer Street
Evelyn Patterson is an associate professor of sociology and associate professor of law at Vanderbilt University. She holds a PhD (2007) in criminology and demography from the University of Pennsylvania. Her scholarship examines how the U.S. judicial system creates and perpetuates inequality and disproportionately impacts marginalized populations by limiting their social mobility, blocking their economic opportunities, and contributing to poor health outcomes. Her award-winning scholarship has appeared in journals including Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Sciences, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Law and Society Review, American Journal of Public Health, Demography, among others. She is an innovator in the field of criminal justice and social inequality, and five court decisions have cited her research. She is working on a book project, currently titled The Demography of Incarceration: A Social Study of the United States’ Carceral World, in addition to her other, ongoing work on familial incarceration, on the structure and implication of bail systems, and the health impacts of mass incarceration.