Collegiate Affiliation

Prof. Phelps’ research is in the sociology of punishment, focusing in particular on the punitive turn in the U.S. Much of her work focuses on the rise of probation supervision as a criminal justice sanction and its relationship to mass incarceration. She has also examined a variety of criminal justice topics, including the build-up of mass incarceration and police reform.

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Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Sociology and Social Policy, Princeton University, 2013
  • M.A: Sociology, Princeton University, 2010
  • B.A: Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 2005


  • Crime, Law and Deviance
  • Inequality
  • Mixed Methods