Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Sociology
Dr. Kaufman specializes in Political Sociology, Criminology and Penology, Law & Society, and Qualitative Methods. Her research examines institutional arrangements that facilitate and limit social inclusion. She is interested in several social problems: prisoner reentry, women’s incarceration, faith-based drug and alcohol treatment, and legal mobilization in the courts.
2020. “Contested Forms of Knowledge in the Criminal-Legal System: Evidence-Based Practice and Other Ways of Knowing among Front-Line Workers” (Nicole Kaufman and Megan Welsh). Pp. 397-422 in The Palgrave Handbook of Institutional Ethnography, edited by Paul Luken and Suzanne Vaughn.
2020. "Governing Through Partnerships: Neoconservative Governance and State Reliance on Religious NGOs in Drug Policy." Critical Criminology.
2019 “The State’s Accomplices? Organizations and The Penal State.” In Prisoner Reentry in the 21st Century: Critical Perspectives of Returning Home, edited by Keesha Middlemass and CalvinJohn Smiley.
2018. “Nongovernmental organizations and postprison life: Examining the role of religion.” Punishment & Society.
2018. “Gender and Community-Based Correctional Programs for Women” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, edited by H. Pontell. New York: Oxford University Press.
Kaufman, Nicole, Joshua Kaiser and Cesraéa Rumpf. 2016 (early view). "Beyond Punishment: The Penal State's Interventionist, Covert, and Negligent Modalities of Control." Law and Social Inquiry.
2015. “Prisoner Incorporation: The Work of the State and Non-Governmental Organizations.” Theoretical Criminology 19:534-553
2017. Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice. By Carla Shedd. American Journal of Sociology 123(3):911-913. DOI: abs/10.1086/694583.
2013. Beth E Richie, Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation. Punishment & Society 15(3):330-332
Teaching & Courses Taught
Dr. Kaufman teaches Sociology and Criminology using a humanistic, interactive, and multi-media approach. She designs class assignments to increase students' ability to locate, understand, and analyze data trends so they can assess the strength of arguments. She uses independent research to encourage students to think about social justice applications of sociological processes and ways to use policy to proactively respond to the current and historical social world.
- Criminal Justice
- Punishment & Society
- Introduction to Sociology
- Contemporary American Society
- Sociology of Prisoner Reentry (graduate seminar)
- Prison narratives (capstone)
In the News
- Hendrix Pens Op-Ed on COVID Relief for Thousands Released from Prison
- Anton Op-Ed Probes Impact of Prison Releases on Families
- Ohio Capital Journal quotes Kaufman in Nationwide study finds high ‘sexual victimization’ in Ohio, Dems and DeWine ask for more data
- Kaufman Publishes Two Articles on NGOs and Correctional Systems, College of Arts & Sciences Forum
- Class Assignment Turns Into Newspaper Op-Ed, College of Arts & Sciences Forum
- Post Quotes Kaufman on 'Big Payoffs' in Degree Programs for Prisoners
- Alum Talks about His Career Helping Prisoners with Reentry, College of Arts & Sciences Forum
- A Tale of Two Bobcats & the Criminal Justice System, College of Arts & Sciences Forum
- OHIO alumnus speaks to sociology class about career in criminal justice, Ohio University Compass
- Alum Speaks to Sociology Class about Career in Criminal Justice, College of Arts & Sciences Forum
- Kaufman receives a teaching assistant award for excellent service at UW-Madison.