Prof Christopher Uggen

Prof Christopher Uggen
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Chris Uggen (pronounced You-Gun) is Distinguished McKnight Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. He studies crime, law, and deviance, especially how former prisoners manage to put their lives back together. His writing appears in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Criminology and has been featured in media such as the New York Times, The Economist, and NPR. With Jeff Manza, he wrote Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy (2006, Oxford). Aside from felon disenfranchisement, his research, teaching, and advising interests include crime and drug use, discrimination and inequality, and sexual harassment. Chris now serves as chair of his department and co-editor of Contexts Magazine. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1995. Away from work, Chris is a father, a jogger, and a blogger.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1995.
  • M.S.: Sociology, University of Wisconsin, 1990.
  • B.A.: Behavioral Science and Law/Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin, 1986.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Crime, Law, Justice
  • Life Course
  • Inequality
  • Methods
  • Policy
Courses Taught
  • Soc 4111: Sociology of Deviance
  • Soc 4141: Juvenile Delinquency
  • Soc 4966W: Major-Project Seminar
  • Soc 4977V/Soc 4978V: Senior Honors Seminars
  • Soc 8001 Sociology as a Profession
  • Soc 8090: Topics in Soc: Context Workshop: Journal Editing Seminar
  • Soc 8111: Criminology
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Department Chair, Department of Sociology: 2006 - 2009
  • American Society of Criminology Executive Board: 2002 - 2009
  • Co-Editor, Contexts: 2008 -
  • Guest Editor, Crimonlogy and Public Policy: 2008
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice: Feb. 2005
  • Associate Editor, Law and Society Review: 2003 - 2005
  • Editorial Boards: Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology , 1996 -


  • Criminal records, felon voting rights, genocide perpetrators and survivors,
  • Incarceration and Health, with Jason Schnittker. RWJF Investigator Award.,
  •, editor and publisher, with Doug Hartmann. ,


  • Minnesota legislature reentry working group: Employment and Crime, Oct. 27, 2007
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Racial Fairness Committee: Felon disenfranchisement, Nov. 29, 2006
  • Minnesota Senate Crime and Prevention and Public Safety Committee: Convicted felons civil rights and voting eligibility restoration, March 28, 2006
  • Minesota Senate Elections Committee: March 20, 2006
  • Soros Foundation Open Society Institute: New York,
  • Mexican American Legal Defense Fund: Los Angeles,
  • Expert Testimony: Johnson v. Bush, 2000 - 2004
  • Invited Speaker: National Coalition on Violence Research, Urban Institute, Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, Minnesota Elder Learning Center, US-Japan Foundation, Economic Policy Institute, 1999 -
  • Consultant: Sentencing Project, Safer Foundation, Council on Crime and Justice, 2000 -
  • Demos: New York,
  • HIRED: Minneapolis,
  • Sentencing Project: Washington D.C.,
  • Council on Crime and Justice: Minneapolis,
  • Wilhelm and Conlon/Safer Foundation (reentry program): Chicago,
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections,
  • Hennepin County Attorney's Office: Minneapolis, MN,
  • Volunteers in Probation,
  • College for Kids,
  • Future Problem Solving,
  • MERLOT Award (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) for outstanding, peer-reviewed online resource, 2013
  • Fellow of the American Society of Criminology
  • Equal Justice Award, 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation, TRIO Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, 2007
  • Distinguished McKnight University Professorship, 2006
  • Public Sociology Award, U of M Department of Sociology, 2005
  • Junior Scholar Award, International Society of Criminology
  • Sociological Education Award, Sociologists of Minnesota, 2004
  • Executive Board, American Society of Criminology, 2003 - 2009
  • Mortar Board National Honor Society Outstanding Faculty Award, 2001
  • University of Minnesota McKnight Research Award, 2001 - 2004
  • Soros Foundation Open Society Institute Fellow, 2000 - 2002
  • American Society of Criminology Cavan Award (outstanding scholarly contributions to the field of criminology), 2000
  • National Science Foundation grantee, 1999 - 2002
  • National Institute of Justice grantee, 1998 - 1999