Anya Degenshein




Anya Degenshein is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University, where she is also a member of the Society of Fellows, a Graduate Fellow in Legal Studies, and a founding member of the Northwestern Prison Education Program (NPEP) Graduate Student Advisory Council. Her research analyzes stories and discourse as a means to examine where and how social inequality is created, contested, and institutionalized, with particular interest in the criminal justice system and urban economies.


She is currently working on her dissertation project, which investigates how legal actors interpret preventative policing tactics--especially digital tehcnologies--in post-9/11 domestic terrorism cases. Previous empirical projects also include a 13-month ethnography of a Chicago pawnshop and a case study of a clash between state-level prosecutorial lobbyists and victims advocates.


Degenshein was a doctoral exchange student at Sciences Po, Paris, in the CERI lab, and holds master's degrees from both Northwestern and the University of Chicago. She completed her bachelor's degree at Cornell University, where she also volunteered as one of the first undergraduate teaching assistants for the Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP). Prior to graduate study, Degenshein worked as an English as a Foreign Language teacher in Santiago, Chile, as well as a Court Advocate in the New York Supreme Court for the Fortune Society's alternative to incarceration programs.

Anya Degenshein   Northwestern University   Department of Sociology   1810 Chicago Ave   Evanston, IL 60208

Telephone: +1 847.491.5415   Email: adegenshein(at)u(dot)northwestern(dot)edu

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