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Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice; PhD Program Director

Professor Natasha Frost’s research and scholarship focuses broadly on punishment and social control and specifically on mass incarceration and the effects of incarceration on individuals, families, and communities.

Much of her recent work has focused on the impacts of incarceration on those who work in prisons. Professor Frost is currently finishing a research project funded in 2016 by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) on correction officer suicide and wellbeing. She was recently awarded additional funding from NIJ to study the careers of officers from the academy onward to better understand the relationship between organizational and occupational stressors, violence exposures, and officer mental health and wellbeing. Professor Frost is also working with colleagues at four other universities on a seven state study on the sources and consequences of prison violence. Professor Frost frequently involves both undergraduate and graduate students in those projects.

Her book, The Punishment Imperative: The Rise and Failure of Mass Incarceration in America, co-authored with Todd R. Clear was published in 2014 by NYU Press. Other publications have appeared in Justice Quarterly, Criminology & Public Policy, Punishment & Society, Crime, Law and Social Change, and Studies in Law, Politics, and Society.

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  • Correction Officer Safety, Health, and Wellness
  • American Society of Criminology (ASC)
  • Division of Corrections and Sentencing, ASC
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice

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