Prof Christopher Uggen

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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

Educational Background

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

Curriculum Vitae


  • Crime, Law, Justice
  • Life Course
  • Inequality
  • Methods
  • Policy
Courses Taught
  • Soc 4111: Sociology of Deviance
  • Soc 4141: Juvenile Delinquency
  • Soc 8890: Event History and Panel Data Models
  • Soc 8111: Criminology
  • Soc 8090: Topics in Soc: Workshop: Journal Editing Seminar
  • Soc 4966W: Major-Project Seminar
  • Soc 4977V/Soc 4978V: Senior Honors Seminars
  • Soc 8001 Sociology as a Profession
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Vice President: American Sociological Association , 2017 - 2018
  • Editor & Publisher, The Society Pages (TSP) is an open-access social science project headquartered in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota and supported by individual donors and publishing partner W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. TSP consists of in-house “TSP HQ” articles, blogs, and podcasts; our “Community Pages”; and content produced by our partners. , 2010 - 2017
  • Chair: ASA Crime, Law, Deviance Section , 2014 - 2015
  • Vice Chair: University of Minnesota Faculty Consultative Committee , 2014 - 2015
  • Department Chair, Department of Sociology: 2006 - 2012
  • Chair: College of Liberal Arts Council of Chairs (28 departments) , 2010 - 2011
  • Chair, College Plan Committee (with Gary Oehlert): 2009 - 2011
  • Editor, Contexts (with Doug Hartmann): 2007 - 2011
  • American Society of Criminology Executive Board: 2002 - 2009
  • Editorial Boards: American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency,Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology , 1996 - 2020


  • Grand Challenge Interdisciplinary Work Group Collaboration. ($249,000): "Assessing Interventions for Justice and Equity." [co-PI with Myron Orfield], 9/1/16 - 9/1/18
  • Laura and John Arnold Foundation ($3,506,048): Multi-state Study of Monetary Sanctions [co-I with Alexes Harris (PI), Beth Huebner, Karin Martin, Mary Pattillo, Becky Pettit, Bryan Sykes, and Sarah Shannon], 7/1/15 - 6/30/20
  • PENDING. National Science Foundation ($487,822): Collaborative Research: Genocide and Transitional Justice in Rwanda [co-PI with Hollie Nyseth Brehm], 8/1/16 - 7/31/19
  • Spencer Foundation ($49,975): Criminal Records, Race, and College Admission.” [co-PI with Robert Stewart], 10/15/15 - 10/14/16
  • RWJF Investigator Award ($415,216): Incarceration and Health, with Jason Schnittker, 6/1/10 - 5/30/14
  •, editor and publisher, with Doug Hartmann.
  • American Sociological Association Fund for Advancement of the Discipline ($6,960): “Genocide, Justice, and Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts [co-PI with Hollie Nyseth Brehm]., 7/1/14 - 6/30/15
  • NIH - National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. “Work Experience and Mental Health: A Panel Study of Youth.” [Co-Investigator with Jeylan Mortimer (PI) et al.]. 4/1/08-3/31/13. $1,250,000. :
  • National Science Foundation. “Gender Differences in the Causes and Consequences of Drug Use.” [Co-PI with Melissa Thompson]. 5/13/07-4/29/09. $108,074 ($24,700 at Minnesota).:
  • National Institute of Justice. “The Effects of Low-Level Offense Records and Race on Employability” [PI with The Council on Crime and Justice]. 5/1/07-10/31/08. $35,000. :
  • JEHT Foundation. “The Effects of Low-Level Offense Records and Race on Employability” [PI with The Council on Crime and Justice]. [PI with The Council on Crime and Justice]. 5/1/07- 10/31/08. $265,300 ($80,000 at Minnesota). :
  • The Sentencing Project. “Voting and Civic Reintegration in Oregon.” [Co-PI with Michelle Inderbitzin]. 6/1/06-12/31/08. $5,500. :
  • NIH - National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. “Work Experience and Mental Health: A Panel Study of Youth” [Co-Investigator with Jeylan Mortimer (PI) et al.]. 8/12/02-8/11/07. $1,557,287. :
  • National Institute of Mental Health, Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA). “Mental Health and Adjustment in the Life Course.” [Core Faculty Member and Co-Investigator on this training grant with Jeylan Mortimer (PI) et al.] :
  • Soros Foundation. Open Society Institute Individual Project Fellowship [with Jeff Manza, Northwestern]. 7/1/00-12/31/02. $101,164 ($50,602 at Minnesota). :
  • National Science Foundation. “Political Consequences of Felon Disenfranchisement.” [with Jeff Manza, Northwestern] 6/1/99-12/31/02. $210,000 ($101,570 at Minnesota). :
  • NIH - National Institute of Mental Health. “Work Experience and Mental Health: A Panel Study of Youth.” [Co-Investigator with Jeylan Mortimer (PI) and Michael Finch]. 3/1/97- 2/28/02. $845,304.:
  • National Institute of Justice. “Careers in Crime and Substance Use.” $45,903. :


  • Executive Advisory Board: University Research Outreach Center, 2015 - 2018
  • Invited Speaker, White House parental incarceration forum: 2013
  • Human Subjects Committee: Minnesota Department of Corrections, 2009 - 2016
  • Minnesota legislature reentry working group: Employment and Crime, Oct. 27, 2007
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Racial Fairness Committee: Felon disenfranchisement, Nov. 29, 2006
  • Minnesota Senate Crime and Prevention and Public Safety Committee: Convicted felons civil rights and voting eligibility restoration, March 28, 2006
  • Minesota Senate Elections Committee: March 20, 2006
  • Mexican American Legal Defense Fund: Los Angeles,
  • Expert Testimony: Johnson v. Bush, 2000 - 2004
  • Invited Speaker: National Coalition on Violence Research, Urban Institute, Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, Minnesota Elder Learning Center, US-Japan Foundation, Economic Policy Institute, 1999 -
  • Consultant: Sentencing Project, Safer Foundation, Council on Crime and Justice, 2000 -
  • Demos: New York,
  • Sentencing Project: Washington D.C.,
  • Council on Crime and Justice: Minneapolis,
  • Wilhelm and Conlon/Safer Foundation (reentry program): Chicago,
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections,
  • Hennepin County Attorney's Office: Minneapolis, MN,
  • Volunteers in Probation,
  • SUNY Albany Hindelang Speaker Award, career contributions to criminology, 2016
  • MERLOT Award (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) for outstanding, peer-reviewed online resource, 2013
  • Peterson-Krivo Mentoring Award, American Sociological Assn. (CLD Section), 2014
  • Named Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, 2013
  • Equal Justice Award for Research, Council on Crime and Justice, 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation, TRIO Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, 2007
  • Distinguished McKnight University Professorship, 2006
  • Public Sociology Award, U of M Department of Sociology, 2005
  • New York Times Magazine, "Idea of the Year", 2004
  • Sociological Education Award, Sociologists of Minnesota, 2004
  • Executive Board, American Society of Criminology, 2003 - 2009
  • Mortar Board National Honor Society Outstanding Faculty Award, 2001
  • Soros Foundation Open Society Institute Fellow, 2000 - 2002
  • American Society of Criminology Cavan Award (outstanding scholarly contributions to the field of criminology), 2000
  • National Science Foundation grantee, 1999 - 2002
  • National Institute of Justice grantee, 1998 - 1999
  • Junior Scholar Award, International Society of Criminology, 1998