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Erica Banks

Area(s) of Interest

Criminology; Race, Gender, and Class, Law and Society; Inequality and Stratification; Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Social Policy; Urban Sociology

Current Research

My dissertation aims to examine if and how class matters for formerly incarcerated Black women. Specifically, the dissertation aims to understand how Black women navigate the barriers associated with prisoner reentry and whether and how their abilities to overcome these barriers vary by their class background. I look at how formerly incarcerated Black women secure gainful employment, obtain stable housing, navigate the legal system, (re)build their relationships with children, friends, and family members, and manage stigma and stereotypes.

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