Assistant Professor at University of Rhode Island
Natalie Pifer joined the University of Rhode Island as an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in fall 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and politics, a master’s degree in social ecology, a doctorate in criminology law, and society, and a law degree.
Her research draws from punishment and social control as well as law and society literatures to examine criminal justice reform. These interdisciplinary fields frame a scholarly agenda substantively focused on understanding how legal categories drive—or frustrate—changes in policing, punishing, and incarcerating vulnerable groups such as juveniles, the mentally ill or disabled, and the unsheltered. Her most recent research, for example, examines how reforms that promise to better police and incarcerate the mentally ill are designed by criminal justice stakeholders and implemented on the ground by front-line workers. You can learn more about this and other projects by visiting her website.
- Ph.D. | University of California, Irvine
- M.A. | University of California, Irvine
- J.D. | Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
- B.A. | New York University