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Abby Ballou

Criminology and Justice Policy, PhD

Abby Ballou is a doctoral student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. Her research interests include postsecondary carceral education and post-release labor market reentry. Since arriving at Northeastern, Abby has worked as a research assistant to Dr. Megan Denver in the criminology department and Dr. Alicia Sasser Modestino and Dr. Mindy Marks in the economics department. Prior to her study at Northeastern, Abby was an instructor for Boston University’s Prison Education Program at MCI Framingham. She has also taught literature and rhetoric courses at Queens College and Babson College. She holds a BA and an MPhil in English Literature. Outside of school, Abby volunteers for the Democracy Behind Bars Coalition, where she helps to register pre-trial voters at local area jails.

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Gene Carte Student Paper Award (2nd place), American Society of Criminology


Ballou, A. (2024). Degrees of difference: Do college credentials earned behind bars improve labor market outcomes? Criminology, 1–27

Denver, M., & Ballou, A. (2022). Collateral consequences & public safety. Arnold Ventures. 


“Criminal Histories, Postsecondary Credentials, and Perceptions of Employability” American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA, Nov 19, 2021. 

“All Reentry is Local: Evaluating a Strategy to Reenter State Prisoners through Local Correctional Systems” American Society of Criminology, Chicago, IL, Nov 18, 2022.

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