Natalie Pifer, J.D./Ph.D.
I'm a sociolegal scholar who is specifically informed by scholarship on law & society and punishment & social control. As an interdisciplinary social scientist, I'm active in both the American Society of Criminology and the Law & Society Association (where I co-organize the Punishment and Society Collaborative Research Network).
My research analyzes the causes and consequences of penal changes, especially those organized under the banner of ostensibly progressive reforms to controversial criminal justice practices. I study substantive areas like policing, solitary confinement, and reentry, under the shared concern for how punishment, incarceration, and policing policies are implemented and experienced on the ground.
Right now, I am primarily writing about the hybridization of care and control in managing marginalized groups and about the experiences of people living and working in long-term solitary confinement units.
I'm also working on two new multi-year collaborative projects:
1) evaluating how initiatives created through Amend's partnership with the Washington Department of Corrections are implemented and experienced by people living and working in Washington State prison facilities and
2) evaluating a Second Chance Act-funded pre-release career readiness program that is designed to help formerly incarcerated people pursue careers in the construction industry.
Review of the Book: Surviving solitary: Living and working in restricted housing units. By Danielle S. Rudes, with Shannon Magnuson and Angela Hattery. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press. 2022. 252 pp. \$26 paperback
Law & Society Review, vol. 57, 2023, pp. 125-127
Melissa Barragan, Gabriela Gonzalez, Justin Donald Strong, Dallas Augustine, Kelsie Chesnut, Keramet Reiter, Natalie A. Pifer
Healthcare, vol. 10, 2022
Natalie A. Pifer
Law & Social Inquiry, 2022