The State from Below: Distorted Responsiveness in Policed Communities. with Gwen Prowse and Tracey Meares, forthcoming, Urban Affairs Review

Too Much Knowledge Too Little Power: An Assessment of Political Knowledge in Highly-Policed Communities. with Spencer Piston and Gwen Prowse, forthcoming July 2019, Journal of Politics.

The Great Decoupling: The Disconnection Between Criminal Offending and Experience of Arrest Across Two Cohorts. with Andrew Papachristos and Michael Zanger-Tishler.  RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.

Police Are Our Government: Politics, Political Science, and the Policing of Race-Class Subjugated Communities.  with Joe Soss, Annual Review of Political Science

Political Consequences of the Carceral State
with Amy Lerman, American Political Science Review

Frontlash: Race and the Development of Punitive Crime Policy 
Studies in American Political Development

Staying Out of Sight? Concentrated Policing and Local Political Action. with Amy Lerman,  Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Recently described as a “tale of two cities,” urban communities today experience vastly different faces of the state. Given their spatial concentration, the expanding use of stop-and-frisk and incarceration has transformed not only individual citizens, but has potentially remade the whole fabric of community life. How has the greater provision of police surveillance and punishment in some communities altered these spaces as sites of collective agency?Amy Lerman and I empirically investigate the consequences of spatially concentrated police stops on the willingness of citizens to call upon government to help resolve problems in their neighborhoods based on an analysis of over 1 million police stops of citizens in New York City and over 3 million non-emergency calls for service (311 calls).

Is the Significance of Race Declining in the Political Arena? Yes, and No with Jennifer Hochschild, Ethnic and Racial Studies

Destabilizing the American Racial Order
with Jennifer Hochschild, Daedalus

“There’s No One as Irish as Barack O’bama”: The Policy and Politics of American Multiracialism
with Jennifer Hochschild, Perspectives on Politics, Winner of the best paper award from the APSA Public Policy section

Electoral Consequences of Skin Color: The “Hidden” Side of Race in Politics. Political Behavior Political Behavior. Data available here.

The Skin Color Paradox and the American Racial Order
with Jennifer Hochschild, Social Forces

Between Reconstructions: Congressional Action on Civil Rights, 1890-1950
with Jeff Jenkins and Justin Peck, Studies in American Political Development

Chapters & Essays 

Learning From Ferguson: Welfare, Criminal Justice, and the Political Science of Race and Class with Joe Soss, APSA Taskforce on Racial and Class Inequalities in the Americas

Black Citizenship and Summary Punishment: A Brief History to the Present, Theory and Event.

A Tradeoff Between Democracy and Deterrence? An Empirical Investigation of Prison Violence and Inmate Advisory Councils.* with Amy Lerman, in Democratic Theory and Mass Incarceration (I. Loader, A. Dzur, and R. Sparks, eds.)

Unhappy Harmony: Black Mass Incarceration in a “Postracial” Era*
In Beyond Discrimination: Racial Inequality in a Post-Racial Era (F. Harris and R. Lieberman, eds.)

Embedding Crime Policy:  The Law Enforcement Assistance Administration and the Growth of the Carceral State* In Living Legislation: Durability, Change and the Politics of American Lawmaking  (J. Jenkins and E. Patashnik, eds.)

Race and Crime in American Politics: From Law and Order to Willie Horton and Beyond* with Amy Lerman.  Oxford Handbook of Race, Ethnicity, Immigration, and Crime, Oxford University Press (S. Bucerius and M. Tonry, eds.)

The Carceral State and American Political Development*
with Amy Lerman. Oxford Handbook of American Political Development, Oxford University Press (R. Lieberman, S. Mettler, and R. Valelly, eds.)

Racial Classification and the Politics of Inequality
with Jennifer Hochschild.  In J. Soss, S. Mettler, and J. Hacker, Remaking America: Democracy and Public Policy in an Age of Inequality

*Essays without links are available at my site

Reviews & Symposia 

More security may actually make us feel less secure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018)

The Untold Story of Mass Incarceration, book review of James Forman, Jr.’s Locking Up Our Own and John Pfaff’s Locked In, Boston Review

Detaining Democracy?  Criminal Justice and American Civic Life
With colleagues Jacob Hacker and Chris Wildeman, a convening to showcase new research exploring how punishment impacts the health of civic and political life in the United States.  Papers and commentary were published in a special issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science in Jan. 2014, including an introduction by us.

Critical Trialogue:  Arresting Citizenship, Caught, and The First Civil Right in Perspectives on Politics 

“The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America” in Perspectives on Politics

“Justice in America” in Public Opinion Quarterly

More than Words: How ‘Law and Order’ Invigorated Conservatism, Did Irreparable Damage to Liberalism, and Ushered in a New Political Order in The Forum