Graduate Students on the Market

Get to know our talented PhD students on the job market! UIC Sociology prepares graduate students for jobs in a variety of settings, including a range of higher education positions as well as research positions in government, for-profit industry, and non-profit and advocacy organizations.

Currently on the market: Erin Eife,

Erin Eife (ABD)

Erin Eife

My research is driven by the theoretical concept of “carceral citizenship,” which I use to illustrate how the pervasiveness of anti-Black racism in the criminal legal system justifies the systematic denial of basic rights and resources. I have explored this topic through two major threads: the experience of pretrial release and the relationship between race, class, and the criminal legal system. My dissertation project investigates pretrial release, surveillance, and the citizenship rights of people awaiting trial in Cook County. Drawing on courtroom observations and 58 in-depth interviews, my findings illustrate how people on pretrial release experience surveillance before their cases are adjudicated, calling into question the idea that all people are truly innocent until proven guilty.

To date, my research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, ACLS/Mellon Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. Some of my work can be found in Punishment & Society, Social Currents, and the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma.

In addition to research, I am passionate about teaching. I have experience designing, organizing, and teaching several courses as a Lead Instructor. At its core, my pedagogy works to create a supportive environment wherein students feel accountable as part of our learning community while also ensuring that students have all of the resources needed to meaningfully engage in the course. I accomplish this by making courses fully accessible, designing syllabi to be inclusive and student-oriented, including my students in current research projects, and encouraging dynamic and engaging discussions.