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, Princeton, NJ, 2013 -
  • M.A: Sociology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2010 -
  • B.A: Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2005 -


  • Crime, Law and Deviance
  • Inequality
  • Mixed Methods