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Matthew Clair

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Matthew Clair
Assistant Professor of Sociology, as of July 2019
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2018


Matthew Clair is an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and (by courtesy) the Law School. His research interests include law and society, race and ethnicity, cultural sociology, criminal justice, and qualitative methods. His in-progress book draws on ethnographic, interview, and archival data to examine how a racially and socioeconomically diverse sample of Boston-area criminal defendants navigates being arrested, finding a lawyer, and managing the court process.   

Matt’s research has been published in Criminology, Law & Social Inquiry, Social Science & Medicine, and Socio-Economic Review and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Society of Criminology, the Center for American Political Studies, and the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management. He has received awards from the American Sociological Association, the American Society of Criminology, the Law & Society Association, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. His research has contributed to policy reports on reducing racialized mass incarceration. In addition, he has written essays for various outlets, including Public Books and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Matt is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Quattrone Center. He holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard College and an A.M. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University.