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Naomi F. Sugie

Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at Univeristy of California Irvine


Naomi Sugie is an Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society (and, by courtesy, Sociology). Sugie’s research examines the consequences of incarceration and other forms of criminal justice contact for individuals and their romantic partners. She also investigates factors related to criminal behavior and deviance over the life course, from youth through elderly age. Sugie approaches her research from a mixed-methods perspective and she is particularly interested in the use of new technologies (e.g., smartphones) to address traditional methodological difficulties for studying hard-to-reach and highly mobile groups. Her dissertation distributed smartphones to men recently released from prison in Newark, NJ and documented daily job search and employment experiences through real-time surveys.

Current projects include a study of the effects of TANF drug offender bans on recidivism (funded by the National Science Foundation) and an experimental employer survey study on criminal record stigma (with Noah Zatz, UCLA; funded by the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the UC Consortium on Social Science and Law).