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Angela LaScala-Gruenewald
Institution: The Graduate Center, CUNY
Program: Sociology

Degrees/Diplomas: B.A. Political Science and International Studies, University of Chicago

Research Interests: Law and society, social stratification/inequality, critical criminology, the welfare state, qualitative and quantitative methods

Angela is a first-year doctoral student in Sociology at The Graduate Center (CUNY). She is broadly interested in social stratification and inequality in the criminal justice system and interactive social systems. Specifically, her research explores justice systems and the influence of place (e.g., suburbanization), socio-cultural factors, and political forces on institutional processing and social control. Her current projects include court observations and interviews in New York to examine judicial discretion, autonomy and accountability in small court systems; and quantitative projects on punitive trends (dispositions, sentencing, and use of monetary sanctions) as they relate to race/ethnicity, gender, and class. Angela received her B.A. from the University of Chicago where she studied political legitimacy, uprisings, and the influence of imperialist projects in the Middle East.