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Erica Banks

Area(s) of Interest

Criminology; Race, Gender, and Class; Race and Ethnicity; Sex and Gender; Inequality and Stratification; Law and Society; Qualitative Methodology

Current Research

My tentatively titled dissertation, “Black Women and Prisoner Reentry: Understanding How Class Matters,” explores how incarceration shapes the economic stability and mobility of formerly incarcerated Black women’s lives over time as they go through the reentry process. My dissertation draws on 64 in-depth interviews with 34 formerly incarcerated Black women in Chicago and New York City, and I theorize primarily from a Black feminist and intersectional perspective.


I serve as second author with Dr. Mary Pattillo, Dr. Bryan Sargent, and Daniel Boches on “Monetary Sanctions and the Housing Churn,” which is forthcoming in RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of Social Sciences.

Grants and Fellowships

  • Sociology Fieldwork Research Fellowship, Northwestern University, Fall 2020
  • Dispute Resolution Research Center Grant, Northwestern University, Spring 2020
  • Graduate Research Grant, Northwestern University, Spring 2020
  • Sociology Department Alumni Fund Grant, Northwestern University, Spring 2016
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