Joshua Kaiser

Area(s) of Interest:  Legal Sociology; Political Sociology; Crime and Deviance; Human Rights Law; Sociology of Morality and Decision-Making; Mixed-Methodologies

Current Research
I am currently researching in three primary areas of legal sociology. First, I am working on a paper on the additional (legal) punishments inflicted upon criminal offenders beyond their official sentences (e.g., registration requirements or restricted due process rights). Second, I am working on the idea of corporate personhood, its social consequences, and its relationship to the new Corporate Social Responsibility movement. Third, I am working on human rights, atrocity crimes, and conflict crimes in Darfur and Iraq.


Joshua Kaiser is a Law and Social Science Fellow at the American Bar Foundation and a JD-PhD candidate in law and sociology at Northwestern University.  His research focuses on state control and state violence across nations through mixed methodologies and a critical, sociological lens. His dissertation (chaired by John Hagan and advised by Laura Beth Nielsen, Bob Nelson, Heather Schoenfeld, and Jonathan Simon) compares the rise of mass incarceration in the late twentieth-century United States to the earlier but less visible rise of “hidden sentences,” meaning all legally imposed punishments inflicted upon criminalized people beyond their formally recognized, judge-issued sentences.  Kaiser is the author of “Revealing the Hidden Sentence” and two other forthcoming articles on hidden sentences, of “Gendered Genocide” and two other articles that illuminate the social, multidimensional process of genocide, and of Iraq and the Crimes of Aggressive War and four articles on the sectarian displacement, criminal entrepreneurship, and legal cynicism caused by the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq.