Collegiate Affiliation

Christopher Uggen is Regents Professor and Martindale Chair in Sociology, Law, and Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He studies crime, law, and inequality, firm in the belief that sound research can help build a more just and peaceful world. His books include Incarceration and Health in the Age of Mass Incarceration (2022, Oxford) and Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy (2006, Oxford). His current projects examine voting rights for people with criminal records, prison reentry, fairness in sentencing, Scandinavian justice, gun violence, and monetary sanctions.He recently received the 2023 American Sociological Association Public Understanding of Sociology award. Chris is a fellow of the American Society of Criminology and a current candidate for President of the American Sociological Association. 

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

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


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