Chloe Haimson
PhD Candidate in Sociology
at University of Wisconsin-Madison


I am a doctoral candidate in the Sociology department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research is at the intersection of prison reentry, punishment, race, and inequality. I investigate how people experience the reach of the criminal justice system, as well as how the system extends its reach beyond what we consider to be standard modalities of control, namely incarceration.

My dissertation,“Parole Supervision in the Era of Decarceration,” investigates the decisions parole agents make during their everyday work routines, how these choices influence the trajectories of individuals on parole after prison, and their consequences for the expansion of punishment and inequality. I also study the rising role of algorithms in this process, as well as their implications for surveillance and the provision of prison reentry support. In other work, I have focused on the emergence of stigma in the comparative challenges facing people on parole and people who were exonerated of crimes after their incarceration. Additionally, I have written and collected ethnographic data about the policing of protests.

My work is supported by the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies.