I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and an affiliate with the Center for Law, Justice and Culture at Ohio University. I received my PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 and work in the areas of Political Sociology, Criminology and Penology, and Law & Society. My research examines the meaning of social inclusion and the policies that diminish or extend citizenship rights to Americans, particularly as they impact people with incarceration and addiction histories. I use critical and feminist theories to understand social problems, and my work integrates concepts across many literatures that deal with the marginalization of criminalized men and women. I employ a range of qualitative methods as I work with on ethnographic, interview, and archival data. I am currently researching governance and drug policy in Ohio, particularly the state’s reliance on relationships between with religious NGOs to develop and implement policy and run treatment programs. My previous research project (“Making ex-prisoners into citizens: Processes of state and non-state organizational intervention”) focused on the incorporation of formerly incarcerated women and men as citizens through policies and through the work of the civic sector.
Email address: kaufmann at ohio dot edu
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