Brandon is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University and a former Visiting Scholar at the UC-Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society. As a sociologist he is broadly interested in the effects of punishment and how the formerly incarcerated reintegrate into broader society. His dissertation focuses on understanding how the formerly incarcerated use higher education after their release to reintegrate into mainstream society, desist from crime, and the challenges they face in doing so.
Research and Teaching Interests: Punishment, social control, effects of incarceration, prisoner reentry, culture, organizations
Dissertation Title: Signals of Redemption? Desistance from crime, self-perceptions/social perceptions of self, and outcomes among the formerly incarcerated in higher education
Dissertation Committee: Ethan Michelson (Co-Chair), Jessica McCrory Calarco (Co-Chair), Fabio Rojas, Tom Gieryn, Lauren Edelman (UC Berkeley)