Spencer Headworth

Spencer Headworth

Assistant Professor // Sociology
Faculty

Curriculum vitae


Office and Contact

Room: STON 347

Office hours: By appointment

Email: sheadworth@purdue.edu

Phone: (765) 496-3269


PhD, Sociology, Northwestern University

BA, Sociology, Psychology, Bowling Green State University

 

 

Courses

Sociology 411: Social Stratification

Sociology 419: Sociology of Law

Sociology 686: Qualitative Research Methods

Specialization

Law, Social Control, Inequality, Organizations, Occupations

Dr. Headworth is currently completing a major project on welfare fraud enforcement, a novel intersection between the worlds of criminal justice and poverty management. Based primarily on interviews with fraud control personnel from five states, his findings provide new insights into how social policies related to rule enforcement, accountability, and sanction are put into practice on the ground, and the implications of these processes for state agencies, their employees, and the people with whom they engage. The results of this research appear in a book manuscript under review, recent articles in American Sociological Review and Social Justice, a forthcoming Law & Society Review article, and other pieces under review.

Dr. Headworth’s other past and current work includes projects on the political economy of prison construction, status stratification in academia, inequalities in the legal profession, and correctional health care litigation and reform. He has published findings from these projects in Social Forces, the DuBois Review, and other venues. He is an Affiliated Scholar of the American Bar Foundation, and the lead editor of Diversity in Practice: Race, Gender, and Class in Legal and Professional Careers, published by Cambridge University Press. In 2019, he received the ASA Sociology of Law Section’s Distinguished Article Award and Purdue Sociology’s Daryl P. Evans Outstanding Teaching Award.

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