I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with research interests in the sociology of punishment, criminal justice, inequality, and discretion. My research is unified by both an interest in how and why communities adopt different systems of punishment as well as a concern for how the criminal justice system impacts people’s lives.

My dissertation project is a mixed-methods study that explores prosecutorial decision-making across contexts using interviews, observations, and analysis of criminal case data. Additionally, I am engaged in collaborative research projects including an interview study on families’ experiences with fines, fees, and restitution in the juvenile justice system and a quantitative analysis of the relationship between prison building and incarceration. In past work, I have explored how feminists contend with punitive approaches to gender-based violence in India.

I am a Graduate Research Fellow at the UW-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty and a Graduate Fellow of the UW Justice Lab.

Thank you for visiting my website! Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about my research. I am always happy to discuss my research or similar topics with anyone that might have overlapping interests. You can also follow me on Twitter @chiarapack.