Last updated on: 10/9/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Alexes Harris, PhD Biography

Title:
Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“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.”

Email to ProCon.org, Jan. 13, 2010

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
Education:
  • PhD, Sociology, University of California at Los Angeles, 2002
  • MA, Sociology, University of California at Los Angeles, 1999
  • BA, Sociology, University of Washington, 1997
Other:
  • 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.”
Quoted in:
  1. Should Felons Have to Pay All Fines, Fees, and Restitutions Related to Their Conviction before Regaining Their Vote?