Veronica L Horowitz

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horow035@umn.edu

Sociology
909 Social Science Bldg

267 19th Ave S

I am a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. My work focuses broadly on American criminal punishment, with a subfocus on gender. My dissertation uses a mixed-methods approach to investigate an underutilized form of mercy in US criminal justice, executive clemency. I am involved in many other research projects including a multi-state study of monetary sanctions (under co-I Chris Uggen, PI Alexes Harris), drug courts, domestic assault no contact orders, Evangelical attitudes towards prisoners and prison reform, and the experiences of caregivers who take custody of children when their parents become incarcerated.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: Sociology, University of Minnesota, 2017.
  • M.A.: Sociology & Social Justice, Kean University, 2013.
  • B.A.: Sociology, The University of Iowa, 2007.

Curriculum Vitae

Specialties

  • Punishment
  • Mercy
  • Gender
  • Sentencing and Corrections
  • Drugs and Society
Courses Taught
  • Sociological Perspectives on the American Criminal Justice System. (Instructor) Summer 2016 and Fall 2015
  • Introduction to Sociology (TA) Spring, 2015
  • Crime On TV (TA), Fall 2014
  • Punishment and Corrections (TA), Spring 2014
  • Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System (TA), Fall 2013
Publications
  • Tietjen, G., Garneau, C. Horowitz, V., & Noel, H. (Forthcoming) Showing up: The gendered effects of social engagement on educational participation in United States correctional facilities. The Prison Journal.
  • Uggen, C. Horowitz, V. & Stewart, R. (2017). Public criminology and criminologists with records. IThe CriminologistI, 42(1), 3-7.
  • Horowitz, V., & Uggen, C. (2015). Crime, punishment and politics. Encyclopedia of American Political Culture. Ed. Michael Shally-Jensen. Santa Barbara, CA:ABD-CLIO.
  • Horowitz, V. (2012) Aging and inmate misconduct: A test of the importation theory. The International Journal of Aging and Society, 2(2), 53-69.
Awards
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota. “Towards a Sociology of Mercy: A Mixed-Methods Multi-Level Analysis.” $25,000., 2018 - 2019
  • Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, New Brunswick, NJ. “Towards a Sociology of Mercy: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Commutation Release in the United States.” $7,500. , 2017
  • Dissertation Scholarship, Division on Corrections and Sentencing, American Society of Criminology. “Towards a Sociology of Mercy: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Commutation Release in the United States.” $1,000., 2017 - 2018
  • Feminist Criminology Scholarship, Division on Women and Crime, American Society of Criminology. “Mercy in a Punitive Place? A Case Study of Gender and Commutation in Louisiana.” $5,000., 2017 - 2018
  • Anna Welsch Bright Research Award, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota. “Towards a Sociology of Mercy: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Commutation Release in the United States.” $5,000., 2017 - 2018