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Benjamin R. Weiss

PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of Southern California
Areas of Expertise:
  • Law & Courts
  • Civic Engagement
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Criminal Justice

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About Benjamin

Weiss's research focuses on how nonprofit organizations and the state work together to address social problems. Weiss's work lies at the intersection of political sociology, organization theory, and the sociology of crime and deviance. Weiss's current project investigates how volunteers and staff in an anti-gender-based violence organization manage the tensions that emerge as they work to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Publications

"Who Can We Tell Survivors to Call?" Social Problems (forthcoming).

Explores why domestic violence advocates privilege criminal-legal interventions, like arrest and incarceration, when working with victims despite knowledge of their ineffectiveness.

"Patterns of Interaction in Webcam Sex Work: A Comparative Analysis of Female and Male Broadcasters" Deviant Behavior 39, no. 6 (2018): 732-746.

Shows that female and male sex workers engage in similar patterns of behavior when laboring under that same organizational conditions.