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Public Opinion, punitivity, and crime control policies; Reentry and 'sex crime' policies; Spatial Analysis/GIS; Experimental and quasi-experimental designs
My research covers a variety of topics surrounding public opinion, crime control policies, violent crimes, and individuals returning to the community. One such interest concerns how public policies relating to crime control and reentry are proposed, supported, and implemented, with a specific focus on how labels and demographics influence public opinion, punitivity, and policy support. I am also interested in policies applying to the reentry process, especially for individuals with sex crime convictions, such as residence restriction policies.
Dr. Socia is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies and a Fellow for the Center for Public Opinion at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.