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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

Sarah Lageson is an Assistant Professor at the Rutgers University-Newark School of Criminal Justice.  She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota in 2015.  She studies public access to criminal justice data, error in criminal record databases, and associated issues with punishment, Constitutional rights, and inequality. Sarah’s current research examines the growth of online crime data that remains publicly available, creating new forms of “digital punishment.”
Sarah is a grant recipient of the 2017 National Institutes of Justice New Investigator/Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for her study of criminal record accuracy. Her work has appeared in Criminology, Law and Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry, Punishment & Society, The British Journal of Sociology, Contexts, and numerous edited volumes.
Sarah has also worked as an Americorps VISTA volunteer for the Minnesota Prisoner Reentry Program and as Research Coordinator for the Council on Crime and Justice in Minneapolis, MN.  Sarah is interested in a mixed methods approach and producing scholarship accessible to policy and broader public debate.





Key Publications

Sarah Lageson. 2017. “Crime Data, the Internet, and Free Speech: An Evolving Legal Consciousness.” Law & Society Review 51(1):8-41.

Mike Vuolo, Sarah Lageson, and Chris Uggen. 2017. “Criminal Record Questions in the Era of ‘Ban the Box.’” Early view online, Criminology & Public Policy 16(1):139-165.

Sarah Lageson and Shadd Maruna. 2018. “Digital Degradation: Stigma Management in the Internet Age. ” Forthcoming at Punishment & Society.

Sarah Lageson. 2016. “Found Out and Opting Out: The Consequences of Online Criminal Records for Families.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 665(1):127-141.

Sarah Lageson. 2016. “Digital Punishment’s Tangled Web.” Contexts 15(1):22-27. Available online.