Naomi F. Sugie

Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine
Chapter Member: Los Angeles Unified SSN
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Sugie's research focuses on the consequences of incarceration and other forms of criminal justice contact for individuals and their families, with a particular focus on how the criminal justice system influences participation in the labor force, political system, and other governmental institutions. Overarching themes in Sugie's writings include inequality, punishment, and methodological approaches for reaching hard-to-reach groups.


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"California's Racial Justice Crisis Is COVID-19 in Prisons ," Naomi F. Sugie, Medium, June 13, 2020.
Guest to discuss Using Smartphones for Research on Give Methods A Chance, Naomi F. Sugie, February 27, 2015.


"Work As Foraging: A Smartphone Study of Job Search and Employment After Prison1" American Journal of Sociology 123, no. 5 (2018).

Examines employment after release from prison, by analyzing novel, daily measures of job search and employment collected in real time from mobile phones. It finds that people's work experiences are even more precarious and unstable than previously thought, changing day to day.

"Employer Aversion to Criminal Records: An Experimental Study of Mechanisms†" Criminology 58, no. 1 (2020): 5-34.

Examines reasons for employer aversion to hiring people with criminal records, finding that employer aversion is partly the result of stigma resulting from criminal justice contact. This has implications for policies, such as Ban the Box, which put restrictions on when and for what purpose employers may screen records of applicants.

"Beyond Incarceration: Criminal Justice Contact and Mental Health" (with Kristin Turney). American Sociological Review 82, no. 4 (2017): 719-743.

Examines how arrest, conviction, and incarceration are associated with future mental health. Using nationally representative data, we find that arrest is strongly associated with poor mental health and accounts for nearly 50% of the association between incarceration and mental health.Edit Summary