Broadly speaking, the corpus of my scholarly work is a sociology of the margins. My research in various substantive areas all draws on micro-sociology to excavate the lived experiences of marginalized people and engage critical analyses of how structural and institutional forces (including laws and policies) act to shape and reinforce their marginal location. In this sense, I am interested not just in the people who exist at the margins of our society, excluded from dominant discourse, but how society is structured and operates to maintain hegemonic privilege at their expense. My research across my career with sex workers and families affected by crime and incarceration has focused on marginalization as a gendered experience, but my work also cuts across race and class disparities, drawing on an intersectional framing.
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