Laura DeMarco

Laura DeMarco

Laura DeMarco

2014 Cohort

614 292-6681

238 Townshend Hall
1885 Neil Avenue Mall
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Community & Urban
  • Crime, Deviance, & Social Control
  • Stratification and Inequality

My research interests are in criminology and stratification, with a focus on how criminal records create and reproduce inequality and the contexts in which a criminal record becomes particularly salient in shaping opportunity. My dissertation examines the effect of criminal records on access to housing, while additional projects connect criminal justice contact to debt, health, and education. My work builds on scholarship in criminology, the sociology of law, inequality and poverty, the life course, and urban sociology. I use both quantitative and qualitative methods, including a field experiment, interviews, content analysis, and developing unique measures from existing survey data. See my personal website for more information about my research and teaching interests.