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Dr. Frank Edwards


Frank Edwards received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington in 2017 and joined the Rutgers-Newark School of Criminal Justice in 2018. His work focuses on how systems of social control produce and reinforce inequality, and explores how politics, policy feedbacks, and social structures affect the relationships between families and the state. His recent and ongoing work examines the interactions of child welfare, criminal justice, and welfare state systems; the causes of entrenched racial inequalities in child welfare system involvement; the geographic distribution of police violence; and the causes and consequences of local governments’ dependence on revenues from the criminal justice system.

His work has appeared or is forthcoming American Sociological Review, The American Journal of Public Health, Annual Review of Criminology, Children and Youth Services ReviewThe Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, and other outlets.