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Erin Eife

Graduate Student


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Erin Eife


Previous Degrees:

B.A. Sociology and Politics, Fairfield University
M.A. Social Science, The University of Chicago

Research interests:

Most generally, I am interested in the role of the criminal legal system on the lived experiences of people who come into contact with it. My past research looks at the impact of felony convictions on political participation and access to resources during re-entry. My dissertation project investigates pretrial release, surveillance, and the citizenship rights of people awaiting trial in Cook County. Drawing on courtroom observations and 57 in-depth interviews, I illustrate the ways in which 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.

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