On the Market

This page features CRN doctoral student and postdoctoral fellows on the market this year. 

Joshua Kaiser

  • PhD, Sociology (Northwestern University,  exp. 2017)
  • JD (Northwestern University, exp. 2017) 
Joshua Kaiser is a Law and Social Science Fellow at the American Bar Foundation and a JD-PhD candidate in law and sociology at Northwestern University.  His research focuses on state control and inequality across nations through mixed methodologies and a critical, sociological lens. His dissertation (chaired by John Hagan and advised by Laura Beth Nielsen, Bob Nelson, Heather Schoenfeld, and Jonathan Simon) compares the rise of mass incarceration in the late twentieth-century United States to the earlier but less visible rise of “hidden sentences,” meaning all legally imposed punishments inflicted upon criminalized people beyond their formally recognized, judge-issued sentences.  Kaiser is the author of “Revealing the Hidden Sentence” and two forthcoming articles on hidden sentences, of “Gendered Genocide” and two other articles that illuminate the social, intersectional process of genocide, and of Iraq and the Crimes of Aggressive War and four articles on the ethno-sectarian displacement, criminal entrepreneurship, and legal cynicism caused by the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq.

  • Hagan, John, Joshua Kaiser, and Anna Hanson. 2015. Iraq and the Crimes of Aggressive War: The Legal Cynicism of Criminal Militarism. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kaiser, Joshua. 2016. “Revealing the Hidden Sentence: How to Add Legitimacy, Purpose, and Transparency to ‘Collateral’ Punishment Policy.” Harvard Law & Policy Review 10(1):123.
  • Kaiser, Joshua and John Hagan. 2015. “Gendered Genocide: The Socially Destructive Process of Genocidal Rape, Murder, and Forced Displacement in Darfur.” Law & Society Review 49(1):69-107.

Nicole Sherman

  • Ph.D. Criminology, Law and Society, 2017 (expected Sept.), University of California, Irvine 
  • M.A. Social Ecology, 2016, University of California, Irvine 
Nicole’s research examines how identities are constructed and utilized during people’s interactions with the criminal justice system. Her research examines how pro-social labeling and reaffirmation of positive identities, when coupled with other socio-legal constructs such as legitimacy and therapeutic jurisprudence, may facilitate desistance from a criminogenic lifestyle. Nicole’s dissertation explores how Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs) generally function and what specific correlates appear to be associated with criminal desistance. Nicole’s project builds on over two years of nonparticipant observation at a southern California VTC and utilizes twenty in-depth interviews with participants and court staff to show how participants restructure their lives through powerful narratives, community support, and reaffirmation of a veteran identity. Moreover, she explains how a veteran label and belief in legitimacy in the court facilitates positive outcomes for participants. That is, this project attempts to bridge criminological theory of desistance and socio-legal studies of court processes to identify the influential mechanisms that may lead to successful outcomes for offenders who complete the VTC program. She has also worked on a multi-city, multi-method project on the underground gun market in Los Angeles, focusing on offender perceptions of gun laws, community safety, and firearm acquisition. She has publications in Criminal Justice and Behavior, Race and Justice, and under review at Russell Sage Foundation and Injury Prevention.

  • Barragan, M., Sherman N., Reiter, K., & Tita, G. (2016). Damned if you do, damned if you don't: Perceptions of guns, safety and legitimacy among detained gun offenders. Criminal Justice and Behavior (Special Issue). 
  • Kaplan, P., Dunn, K., & Sherman, N. (2015). Localism and Capital Judicial Override in Jefferson County, Alabama. Race and Justice
Link to Nicole's CV

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