Dr. Hannah Walker is an assistant professor of Political Science and Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. Her research examines the impact of the criminal justice system on American democracy with special attention to minority and immigrant communities. Previously, she served as a post doctoral fellow with the Prisons and Justice Initiative at Georgetown University, and received her PhD in June, 2016 from the University of Washington.

Her forthcoming book (under contract with Oxford University Press), “Mobilized by Injustice: Criminal Justice Contact, Political Incorporation and Race,” explores the impact of experiences with the criminal justice system on political engagement. Where other scholars find that negative experiences with the system lead individuals to withdraw from voting, Dr. Walker’s work finds that when individuals view their experiences as unfair and unjust, those same experiences can catalyze participation in a variety of activities beyond the ballot box. Mobilized by Injustice is multi-method, blending the rich depth of personal narrative with breadth offered by large-n data analysis. Dr. Walker’s story-telling approach renders complex theory and analysis available to lay-readers interested in issues related to race and policing in American cities. Follow her on twitter and facebook to see what she’s been up to.

Recent writings:

“What gets ex-prisoners politically and civically involved?” at The Monkey Cage.

“Early Voting Changes and Voter Turnout: North Carolina in the 2016 General Election” at  the Political Behavior blog.

“How changes to how the Census counts people has implications for democracy and inequality” at LSE American Politics and Policy Blog.

“Here’s what the Democrats need to do to get the DREAM Act through Congress” at LSE American Politics and Policy Blog.

“Allies in name only? Latino-only leadership on DACA may trigger implicit racial biases among white liberals” at LSE American Politics and Policy Blog.

“Voter Suppression in a Post-Shelby World” at the Huffington Post.

 

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