Christopher Uggen (pronounced You-Gun) is Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Minnesota and a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. He studies crime, law, and justice, firm in the belief that sound research can help build a more just and peaceful world. With Jeff Manza, he wrote Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy, and his writing on felon voting, work and crime, and harassment and discrimination is frequently cited in media such as the New York Times, The Economist, and NPR. Current projects include a comparative study of reentry from different types of institutions, employment discrimination and criminal records, crime and justice after genocide, and the health effects of incarceration. His outreach and engagement projects include editing Contexts Magazine (from 2007-2011) and TheSocietyPages.Org (both with Doug Hartmann), a book series and multimedia social science hub drawing over one million readers per month.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1995 - none
  • M.S.: Sociology, University of Wisconsin, , 1990 - none
  • B.A.: Behavioral Science and Law/Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin, , 1986 - none


  • Crime, Law, Justice
  • Life Course
  • Inequality
  • Methods
  • Policy