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CSDE Research Affiliate

Alexes Harris

Professor, Sociology
University of Washington
Tel: 206-685-4763

CSDE Research Areas:

  • Demographic Measurements and Methods
  • Environments and Populations
  • Health of People and Populations
  • Wellbeing of Families and Households

In the News:

Alexes Harris, Ph.D., is the Presidential Term Professor and Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington.  Dr. Harris’ work has spanned the criminal justice system, including juvenile justice, case processing outcomes, and monetary sanctions.  Her research is fundamentally centered on issues of inequality, poverty and race in the United States' systems of justice. Her book, A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions as a Punishment for the Poor details the ways in which sentenced fines and fees often put an undue burden on disadvantaged populations and place them under even greater supervision of the criminal justice system. The book has received widespread media coverage, including by The New York TimesNational Public Radio, The Nation, The New Yorker, and the Los Angeles Times.  Her research has been published in peer reviewed journals such as American Journal of SociologyAmerican Sociological ReviewEthnography, Crime and Public Policy, and Law and Society Review.  Her current project extends this line of research in eight states with funding from Arnold Ventures.  Dr. Harris' research areas include:
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Criminal justice system processing
  • Multi-state multi-method data collection