Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Sarah E. Lageson

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. (2015) University of Minnesota; M.A. (2012) University of Minnesota; B.A. (2007) Washington University in St. Louis

Curriculum Vitae


Sarah Lageson studies how technology changes law, criminal justice, media on crime, and systems of American punishment. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota in 2015. Her current research examines the growth of online crime data that remains publicly available, creating new forms of “digital punishment.” Her work has appeared in Criminology, Law and Social Inquiry, the British Journal of Sociology, Contexts, and numerous edited volumes. Sarah is interested in a mixed methods approach and producing scholarship accessible to policy and broader public debate.

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Areas of Specialization

Law and Society
Sociology of Punishment
Mixed Methods
Criminal Records

Key Publications

Sarah Lageson. “The Consequences of Online Criminal Records for Families and Caregivers.” Forthcoming at The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Sarah Lageson, Mike Vuolo, and Chris Uggen. 2015. “Legal Ambiguity in Managerial Assessments of Criminal Records.” Law and Social Inquiry 40(1):175-204.

Chris Uggen, Mike Vuolo, Sarah Lageson, Ebony Ruhland, Hilary Whitham. 2014. “The Edge of Stigma: An Experimental Audit of the Effects of Low-level Criminal Records on Employment.” Criminology 52(4)627-654.


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