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Joshua Kaiser

Area(s) of Interest

Law and Society, Criminology, Social Inequality, Peace and Conflict, Political Sociology, Sociology of Knowledge, Public Policy, Mixed Methods


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 inequality across nations, using mixed methodologies. His dissertation (chaired by John Hagan and advised by Laura Beth Nielsen, Bob Nelson, Heather Schoenfeld, and Jonathan Simon) analyzes the historical rise of “hidden sentences”--meaning all punishments inflicted upon criminalized people beyond their formally recognized, judge-issued sentences--in order to study both the phenomenological meaning of punishment and the racialized development of the criminal "other." 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, intersectional process of genocide, and of Iraq and the Crimes of Aggressive War and five articles on the ethno-sectarian displacement, criminal entrepreneurship, and legal cynicism in the Iraq War.

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