Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
"People should not be barred from voting... If we truly want people convicted of felonies to re-engage with society, become rehabilitated, and feel a part of a broader community (thus creating incentives not to recidivate) then our State should do everything possible to re-incorporate these individuals into mainstream society."
Experts PhD's, JD's (lawyers), Judges, Members of Congress, Secretaries of States, members of state and federal legislative bodies, Executive Branch officials with significant involvement in felon voting issues, and individuals with graduate degrees and significant post-graduate involvement in felon voting issues.[Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington, 2004-present
Faculty Affiliate, West Coast Poverty Center
Community Advisory Board Member, Washington State Budget Policy Center, 2008-present
Journal Reviewer: Journal of Negro Education, Law & Society Review, Social Forces, American Journal of Sociology
Member, American Sociological Association
Member, American Society of Criminology
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Washington, 2002-2004
Graduate Research Assistant, Professor Walter Allen, University of California at Los Angeles, 2000-2001
PhD, Sociology, University of California at Los Angeles, 2002
MA, Sociology, University of California at Los Angeles, 1999
"Attributions and Institutional Processing: How Focal Concerns Guide
Decision Making in the Juvenile Court," Race and Social Problems, Dec. 2009
"The Role of Power in Shaming Interactions: How Social Control is
Performed in a Juvenile Court," Contemporary Justice Review Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice, Dec, 2009
Katherine Beckett, Alexes Harris, and Heather Evans, "Report Prepared for the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission," Aug. 1, 2008
"The Social Construction of 'Sophisticated' Adolescents: How Judges Intergrate Juvenile and Criminal Justice Decision-Making Models, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Aug, 2008
"Diverting and Abdicating Judicial Discretion: Cultural, Political and Procedural Changes in California Juvenile Justice," Law & Society Review, June 2007
In a Jan. 20, 2010 email to ProCon.org Professor Harris stated the following: "This looks fine but I would appreciate it if you note wherever the University of Washington is listed that this is only for identification purposes and that the opinions are solely my own."