Sarah K.S. Shannon joined the UGA Sociology Department as an Assistant Professor in 2013 after receiving her PhD (and MSW) from the University of Minnesota. Sarah is an active scholar who studies law, crime, and deviance, especially the intersections between crime, punishment, and public welfare programs. Her interdisciplinary research investigates how social institutions like the criminal justice and public welfare systems affect social inequality. Sarah's work has been published in top journals in several fields including sociology, criminology, public health, social work, and geography. Sarah is an affiliate faculty member with the Criminal Justice Studies Program and the Institute for Women's Studies at UGA. She is also an award-winning teacher, receiving the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences' prestigious Sandy Beaver Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2017.
Current projects include the Multi-State Study of Monetary Sanctions funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation investigating how criminal justice debt impacts low-income people. Ongoing research projects include estimating the number of people convicted of felonies in the United States, community reentry across multiple institutional populations (prison, military, foster care, and others), and the impacts of increased enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during the Great Recession.
As a publicly engaged scholar, Sarah’s research has been cited in several high profile media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, and the Washington Post. Prior to her graduate work, Sarah worked in the non-profit sector with various at-risk populations. As a result, she cares about doing research that matters for academics, policy makers, and ordinary citizens. Her public engagement projects include The Society Pages and The Scholars Strategy Network. Off campus, Sarah is a proud mother and a hockey player.
- PhD, Sociology, University of Minnesota, 2013
- MSW, University of Minnesota, 2007
- BA, Sociology, University of Iowa
- Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017. Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia.
- Co-Principal Investigator, Multi-State Study of Monetary Sanctions. 2015-2020. Funded by the Laura and John Anold Foundation (via University of Washington, PI Alexes Harris). $237,646.
- Principal Investigator, RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies Grant. 2014-2015. "The Longitudinal Impact of SNAP Enrollment and Spending on Community Health and Well-being in Rural and Urban Georgia During the Great Recession." Purdue Center for Regional Development & the Southern Rural Development Center. $33,136.
- Faculty Research Grant. 2014-2015. University of Georgia, Office of the Vice President for Research. $9,177.
- Lilly Teaching Fellow. 2014-2016. University of Georgia, Center for Teaching and Learning.
- Sarah K.S. Shannon, Christopher Uggen, Jason Schnittker, Melissa Thompson, Sara Wakefield, and Michael Massoglia. Forthcoming. "The Growth, Scope, and Spatial Distribution of People with Felony Records in the United States,1948 to 2010." Forthcoming at Demography.
- Sarah K.S. Shannon and Mathew Hauer. Forthcoming. “A Life Table Approach to Estimating Disproportionate Minority Contact in the Juvenile Justice System.” Forthcoming at Justice Quarterly.
- Shannon, Jerry, Mathew Hauer, Alexis Weaver, and Sarah Shannon. Forthcoming. “The Suburbanization of Food Insecurity: An Analysis of Projected Trends in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.” Forthcoming at The Professional Geographer.
- Jerry Shannon, Sarah K.S. Shannon, Grace Bagwell-Adams, and Jung Sun Lee. 2016. "Growth In SNAP Retailers WasAssociated With Increased Client Enrollment In Georgia During The Great Recession." Health Affairs 35(11): 2100-2108.
- Schnittker, Jason, Christopher Uggen, Sarah K.S. Shannon, and Suzy Maves McElrath. 2015. “The Institutional Effects of Incarceration: Spillovers from Criminal Justice to Health Care.” Millbank Quarterly 93:516-560.
- Sarah K.S. Shannon and Joshua Page. 2014. "Bureaucrats on the Cell Block: Prison Officers' Perceptions of Work Environment and Attitudes Toward Prisoners." Social Service Review 88:630-657.
- Uggen, Christopher and Sarah K.S. Shannon. 2014. "Productive Addicts and Harm Reduction: How Work Reduces Crime - But Not Drug Use." Social Problems 61:105-130.
- Uggen, Christopher, Sarah Shannon, and Jeff Manza. 2012. "State-Level Estimates of Felon Disenfranchisement in the United States, 2010." Washington, DC: The Sentencing Project.
- Nyseth, Hollie, Sarah Shannon, Kia Heise and Suzy McElrath. 2011. "Embedded Sociologists." Contexts 10:44-50.
- Shannon, Sarah K.S. 2010. "Dereliction of Duty: Training Schools for Delinquent Parents inthe 1940s." Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 37:11-27.
- Abrams, Laura.S., Sarah K.S. Shannon, and Cindy Sangalang. 2008. "Transition Services for Incarcerated Youth: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation Study." Child and Youth Services Review 30:522-535.
- Shannon, Sarah K.S. & Laura Abrams. 2007. "Juvenile Offenders as Fathers: Perceptions of Fatherhood, Crime and Becoming and Adult." Families in Society 88:183-191.