Assistant Professor Erin M. Kerrison's work extends from a legal epidemiological framework, wherein law and legal institutions condition structural 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 misuse, violence and other health outcomes for individuals and communities marked by criminal legal system intervention.
Dr. Kerrison's research has been supported by a number of funding sources, including Arnold Ventures, the National Institute of Justice, and the National Science Foundation. Her recent empirical research has been published in Health Services Research, Law and Human Behavior, PNAS, Punishment & Society, and Social Science & Medicine. She has delivered state and federal congressional briefings on this work and regularly consults with local, statewide, and nationwide organizations and agencies, on issues related to Black Liberation and ending state violence.
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 also awarded a Vice Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as an active member of the American Society of Criminology, the Law & Society Association, and the Society for Social Work and Research.
SW 282A: Seminar in Social Welfare Research
SW.295: Writing and Publication Seminar
SW 260: Forensic Social Welfare
SW 282A: Seminar in Social Welfare Research - Data Science for Social Good
SW 298: Legal Epidemiology
Honors and Awards
Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award (2020)
In The News
- Philly Doesn’t Need to Reinvent the Wheel to Reduce Homicides (The Philadelphia Inquirer 09.07.21)
- An Interview with Dr. Erin M. Kerrison: "Justice Work Looks A Lot Like Love" (Activism Always 04.08.21)
- "Racialized dehumanization": UC Berkeley experts weigh in on criminal justice (Daily Cal 08.16.20)
- "Racial Injustice and Public Health" (Exploratorium After Dark, 07.23.20)
- Case of teen jailed for missing online classwork shows how schools and courts oppress Black students (Yahoo 07.21.20)
- Imagining a future without police (Berkeley Talks 07.10.20)
- Community Surveillance in the Time of COVID-19: Civilian, Social Worker, and Police Officer Adaptations for Staying Safe (06.17.20)
- SF Joins Nation as it Considers Defunding Police (SF Weekly 06.11.20)
- Why Vallejo is now the center of unrest in Bay Area over police treatment of blacks (SF Chronicle 06.04.20)
- How COVID is impacting the black community the hardest and why (KPFA 04.28.20; comments start at 1:08 mark of audio)
- "Awakening to a Mass-Supervision Crisis" (The Atlantic 12.26.19)
- "The One Story: Balancing Loyalty Between Black and Blue" (NewsOne 10.16.19)
- "When Police Think They're Seen as Racist, that Can Become a Self-fulfilling Prophecy" (The Philadelphia Inquirer 08.01.19)
- "Study: Racist Polic Officer Stereotype May Become Self-Fulfilling Prophecy" (Newsmax 07.23.19)
- "Fear of Being Branded Racist Increases Police Support for Excessive Force" (Pacific Standard 07.17.19)
- "Racist Police Officer Stereotype May Become a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy" (American Psychological Association 07.15.19)
- "Stop-and-Frisk Policing Can Make Criminals of Black and Brown Boys, Study Finds" (The Root 04.09.19)
- "Object to Subject: Three Scholars on Race, Othering, and Bearing Witness" (Othering and Belonging 08.29.18)
- "How Post-Prison Reentry Programs Fail Queer Women" (The Marshall Project 01.24.18)
- "How Post-Prison Reentry Programs Fail Queer Women" (Essence 01.25.18)
- "SF’s poor criminal suspects to get defense lawyers sooner" (The San Francisco Chronicle 06.27.17)
- “Study finds SF Police are Root of Racial Bias in Criminal Justice System” (San Francisco Examiner 06.27.17)
- “Study: Serious racial disparity in San Francisco in how people of color are charged early on in criminal cases” (KRON 4 06.27.17)
- “Older Women Leaving Prison ‘Less Likely to Return to Crime’” (The Crime Report 11.03.16)
- "The Color of Justice" (The Crime Report 06.30.17)
- “Decreasing Criminality and Parole and Probation” (Crime in America 04.13.17)
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Hyatt, J. M., Baćak, Valerio, & Kerrison, E. M. (2021). “COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Related Factors: Preliminary Findings from A System-Wide Survey of Correctional Staff.” Federal Sentencing Reporter, 33(4), 272-277.
Cobbina, J. E., Kerrison, E., & Bender, K. (2020). The Baltimore moment: Race, place, and public disorderJournal of Crime and Justice, 42(2), 161-173.
Kerrison, E. M. & Sewell, A. A. (2020) "Negative Illness Feedbacks: High-Frisk Policing Reduces Civilian Reliance on ED Services." Health Services Research, 55(S2), 787-796.
Bachman, R., Rodriguez, S., Kerrison, E. M., & Leon, C. (2019). The recursive relationship between substance abuse, prostitution, and incarceration: Voices from a long-term cohort of women. Victims & Offenders, 14(5), 587–605.
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 communitiesBehavioral Sciences and the Law, ;37, 176–194.
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 Sciences, 116(17), 8261–8268.
Kerrison, E. M., Goff, P. A., Burbank, C., & Hyatt, J. M. (2019). On creating ethical, productive, and durable action research partnerships with police officers and their departments: A case study of the National Justice Database. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 20(6), 567–584.
Trinkner, R., Kerrison, E. M., & Goff, P. A. (2019). The force of fear: Police stereotype threat, self- legitimacy, and support for excessive force. Law and Human Behavior, 43(5), 421–435.
Kerrison, E. M. (2018). Risky business, risk assessment, and other heteronormative misnomers in women’s community corrections and reentry planning. Punishment & Society, 20(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 politics. Race and Justice, 8(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 design. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 56(8), 567–592.
Kerrison, E. M. (2018). Exploring how prison-based drug rehabilitation programming shapes racial disparities in substance use disorder recovery. Social Science & Medicine, 199, 140–147.
Bachman, R., Kerrison, E. M., Paternoster, R., Smith, L., & Connell, D. O. (2016). The complex relationship between motherhood and desistance. Women and Criminal Justice, 26(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 transformation. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43(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 analysis. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, 2(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 time. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43(9), 1204–1224.
Kerrison, E. M. (2015). White claims to illness and the race-based medicalization of addiction for drug-involved former prisoners. Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice, 31, 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 theory. Journal of Developmental and Life Course Criminology, 1(3), 209–235.
Chapters in Edited Volumes
Bachman, R., Rodriguez, S.,* Kerrison, E. M., & Leon, C. (2021). "The Recursive Relationship between Substance Abuse, Prostitution, and Incarceration: Voices from a Long-term Cohort of Women." In A. Horning (Ed.), Quitting the Sex Trade: Why and How Pimps and Sex Workers Leave the Business (pp 55-73). New York: Routledge.
Kerrison, E. M. “Meditation Programs” (2017). 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.
John Jay College Research Group on Preventing and Reducing Community Violence. (2020). Reducing Violence without Police: A Review of Research Evidence New York: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.
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.
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.
- Black Love and Liberation
- Cultivating Multi-Stakeholder Collaborations
- Data Science for Social Good
- Designing Structures that Facilitate Carceral Abolition and Safety for All
- Legal Epidemiology
- Redressing Health and Healthcare Inequity
- US Criminal Legal System