Chloe Haimson


I am Director of Research of the Justice Policy Lab @the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs at Brown University. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Prison Education Program of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at New York University. I received my PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2022. My research is at the intersection of prison reentry, punishment, race, and inequality. I investigate how people experience the reach of the criminal legal system, as well as how the system extends its reach and generates inequality beyond what we consider to be more standard modalities of control, namely incarceration.

My dissertation project investigated 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 in the U.S. 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.