Kristen Turney

Associate Professor of Sociology
University of California, Irvine

Kristin Turney is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and, from 2009-2011, was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the University of Michigan. Her research investigates the complex, dynamic role of families in creating and exacerbating social inequalities, and some of her current research examines the consequences of criminal justice contact for family life. In this vein, she investigates the deleterious, beneficial, and inconsequential effects of parental incarceration on the wellbeing of children and families over time; considers heterogeneity in the effects of parental incarceration on inequality in family life; and evaluates the family, school, and neighborhood mechanisms through which parental incarceration fosters resilience. She has recently begun a qualitative project that involves interviewing jail inmates and their family members—including romantic partners, children, and mothers—both during their incarceration and after release.