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Andrea Leverentz



Department Head

Professor of Sociology

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

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PhD Sociology University of Chicago

MA Sociology University of Chicago

BA Sociology Tulane University

Area(s) of Expertise

My research focuses broadly on issues related to community, crime, and incarceration, including the impact of crime and incarceration on individuals and communities. My most recent book, *Intersecting Lives: How Place Shapes Reentry* (University of California Press, 2022), focuses on the processes through which neighborhood and place influence reentry experiences and how these shape community life. My first book, *The Ex-Prisoner’s Dilemma: How Women Negotiate Competing Narratives of Reentry and Desistance* (Rutgers University Press, 2014) looks at how women talk about and manage competing messages about what it means to return to their communities post-incarceration, and how their experiences are shaped by their roles as women, Black women, mothers, daughters, sisters, romantic partners, and employees. I also co-edited, with Elsa Chen and Johnna Christian, *Beyond Recidivism: New Approaches to Research on Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration* (New York University Press, 2020). I am currently researching how place-based tourist identities interact with narratives of crime.