Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Shannon’s research investigates how social institutions like the criminal justice system affect social inequality. Her current research examines the relationships between General Assistance welfare programs, crime, and incarceration in the United States from 1960-2010. In other work, she investigates the effects of punishment on work, voting, and community health. She also writes and podcasts for The Society Pages, an online, multidisciplinary social science project designed to bring social scientific knowledge and information to broader public visibility and influence.
Shannon’s work on felon disenfranchisement (with Christopher Uggen and Jeff Manza) has been featured in several media outlets, including the New York Times and the Washington Post.