Erin Kerrison

Erin KerrisonAssistant Professor Erin M. Kerrison's work extends from a legal epidemiological framework, wherein law and legal institutions operate as social determinants of health. Specifically, through varied agency partnerships, her mixed-method research agenda investigates the impact that compounded structural disadvantage, concentrated poverty and state supervision has on service delivery, substance abuse, violence and other health outcomes for individuals and communities marked by criminal justice intervention.

Dr. Kerrison's research has been supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Ford Foundation, and the Sunshine Lady Foundation. Her recent empirical research has been published in Punishment & Society, Social Science & Medicine, the Journal of Developmental and Life Course Criminology and the Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice. Her current book project is tentatively titled, Hustles and Hurdles: Law’s Impact on Desistance for Job-Seeking Former Prisoners, and foregrounds life history narratives for a sample of 300 drug-involved former prisoners. Their stories are analyzed through critical race and intersectional theoretical lenses, and local reentry conditions are contextualized by contemporary "collateral consequences" legislation that further undermine employment seeking outcomes within a contracted Rust Belt labor market. This study demonstrates how law, labor markets, neighborhoods, criminal justice surveillance and substance abuse patterns are compounded and steer long-term desistance and health outcomes.

Dr. Kerrison holds a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from Haverford College, an MA in Criminology, Law and Society from Villanova University, and a PhD in Criminology from the University of Delaware. She was awarded a Vice Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also an active member of the American Society of Criminology, the Law & Society Association and the Society for Social Work and Research.

Office:  Haviland Hall 202

Phone:  (510) 642-4430

Email:  kerrison@berkeley.edu

Research / Expertise

  • Behavioral Health and Prevention/Intervention
  • Community, Organizational and Policy Development
  • Health and Healthcare Disparities
  • Race/Class/Gender
  • Criminal Justice Organization and Policy
  • Legal Consciousness Among Underserved Community Members
  • Legal Epidemiology
  • Privatization of Healthcare and Supervision in Underserved Communities
  • Risk/Needs Assessments
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Modalities
  • Trauma and Crime

Teaching

SW 260: Forensic Social Welfare

SW 280: Introduction to Social Welfare Research

I am neither currently in a position to sponsor any visiting students or fellows from overseas at this time, nor am I considering applications for direct research supervisees. Prospective students (MSW and/or PhD) who are interested in partnering with faculty at the School of Social Welfare, should review my colleagues' respective webpages.

Current Projects

  • The Effects of Social Networks on Women’s Substance Use Disorder Recovery Outcome

Expanded Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Del Toro, J., Lloyd, T., Buchanan, K. S., Robins, S. J., Bencharit, L. Z., Smiedt, M. G., Reddy, K. S., Pouget, E. R. Kerrison, E. M., Goff, P. A. (2019). The criminogenic effects of police stops on adolescent black and Latino boysProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences116(17), 8261–8268.

Bandes, S. A., Pryor, M., Kerrison, E. M., & Goff, P. A. (2019). The mismeasure of Terry stops: Assessing the psychological and emotional harms of stop and frisk to individuals and communities. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, ;37, 176–194.

Kerrison, E. M. (2018). Risky business, risk assessment, and other heteronormative misnomers in women’s community corrections and reentry planningPunishment & Society20(1), 134–151.

Kerrison, E. M., Cobbina, J., & Bender, K. (2018). “Your pants won’t save you”: Why black youth challenge race-based police surveillance and the demands of black respectability politicsRace and Justice8(1), 7–26. *Lead Article for Special Issue: “Youth and Policing”

Kerrison, E. M. (2017). An historical review of racial bias in prison-based substance abuse treatment designJournal of Offender Rehabilitation56(8), 567–592.

Kerrison, E. M. (2018). Exploring how prison-based drug rehabilitation programming shapes racial disparities in substance use disorder recoverySocial Science & Medicine199, 140–147.

Bachman, R., Kerrison, E. M., Paternoster, R., Smith, L., & Connell, D. O. (2016). The complex relationship between motherhood and desistanceWomen and Criminal Justice26(3), 212–231.

Bachman, R., Kerrison, E., Paternoster, R., O’Connell, D., & Smith, L. (2016). Desistance for a long-term drug involved sample of adult offenders: The importance of identity transformationCriminal Justice and Behavior43(2), 164–186.

Kerrison, E. M., Bachman, R., & Paternoster, R. (2016). The effects of age at prison release on women’s desistance trajectories: A mixed-method analysisJournal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology2(3), 341–370.

Paternoster, R., Bachman, R., Kerrison, E., O’Connell, D., & Smith, L. (2016). Desistance from crime and identity: An empirical test with survival timeCriminal Justice and Behavior43(9), 1204–1224.

Kerrison, E. M. (2015). White claims to illness and the race-based medicalization of addiction for drug-involved former prisonersHarvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice31, 105–128.

Paternoster, R., Bachman, R., Bushway, S., Kerrison, E., & O’Connell, D. (2015). Human agency and explanations of criminal desistance: Arguments for a rational choice theoryJournal of Developmental and Life Course Criminology1(3), 209–235.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Kerrison, E. M. “Meditation Programs.” (In Press). In K. R. Kerley, H. Copes, S. De Li, & S. F. Sharp (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Corrections. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell

Kerrison, E. M., & Bachman, R. (2016). Second-chance grandparenting: How a new and renewed identity impacts the desistance process. In S. F. Sharp, S. Marcus-Mendoza, K. A. Cameron, & E. S. Daniel-Roberson (Eds.), Across the Spectrum of Women and Crime: Theories, Offending, and the Criminal Justice System (pp. 225–242). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Kerrison, E. M., Bachman, R., & Alvarez, A. (2015). The societal causes of violence. In P. T. Clements, S. Seedat, & E. N. Gibbings (Eds.), Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment (pp. 123–150). St. Louis, MO: STM Learning, Inc.

Research Reports

Owens, E., Kerrison, E. M., & Santos Da Silveira, B. (2017). Examining racial disparities in criminal case outcomes among indigent defendants in San Francisco. Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Bachman, R., Kerrison, E., O’Connell, D., & Paternoster, R. (2013). Roads diverge: Long-term patterns of relapse, recidivism and desistance for a cohort of drug-involved offenders (Grant Number 2008-IJ-CX-1107). Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Justice.

Book Reviews

Kerrison, E. M. (2016). Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 by Koritha Mitchell. Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, 4(2), 101-103.

Kerrison, E. M. (2015). Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South by Talitha L. LeFlouria. Punishment & Society, 17(4), 535-537.