Katherine Beckett is a Professor in the Departments of Law, Societies, and Justice and Sociology at the University of Washington. She is also a faculty associate and steering committee member of the University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights.
Professor Beckett’s research analyzes the causes and consequences of legal changes and penal practices. Some of her recent research projects have explored the consequences of criminal justice expansion for social inequality, the role of race in drug law enforcement, the assessment of fees and fines, and the imposition of the death penalty, the transformation of urban social control practices in the United States. She is the author of numerous articles and three books on these topics, including, most recently, Banished: The New Social Control in Urban America, published in 2010 by Oxford University Press, co-authored with Steve Herbert, and a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Book Award.
Professor Beckett has worked closely with a number of civic organizations, including the Racial Disparity Project and Columbia Legal Services. She recently conducted research in partnership with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as well as the Northwest Defender’s Association.
Professor Beckett’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Allen Family Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Washington State Minority & Justice Commission, the Open Society Institute, and others. She has received numerous awards for her research, teaching and service work, including the University of Washington’s Public Service Award. She was elected to membership in the Washington State Academy of Sciences in 2016.
- Katherine Beckett. 2018. “The Politics, Peril and Promise of Criminal Justice Reform in theContext of Mass Incarceration.” Annual Review of Criminology 1: 235-59. Download PDF (321.21 KB)
- Katherine Beckett. 2018. “Review Essay: Mass Incarceration and its Discontents.” ContemporarySociology: A Journal of Reviews 47, 1: 11-23 (January). Download PDF (98.12 KB)
- Katherine Beckett, Lindsey Beach, Anna Reosti and Emily Knaphus. 2018. “U.S. Criminal Justice Policy and Practice in the 21st Century: Toward the End of Mass Incarceration?” Law & Policy 40, 4: 321-45. Download PDF (244.88 KB)
- Katherine Beckett and Heather Evans. 2016. "Race, Death, and Justice: Capital Sentencing in Washington State, 1981-2014". Columbia Journal of Race and Law, 6:2, 77-114. Download PDF (655.04 KB)
- Katherine Beckett and Heather Evans. 2015. “Crimmigration at the Local Level: Criminal Case Processing in the Shadow of Deportation.” Law and Society Review 49, 1: 241-277.
- Katherine Beckett and Heather Evans. 2013. Immigration Detainer Requests in King County, Washington: Costs and Consequences. Report commissioned by the Northwest Defender’s Association.
- Katherine Beckett. 2012. “Race, Drugs and Law Enforcement: Toward Equitable Policing.” Criminology and Public Policy 11, 4: 641-53.
- Katherine Beckett. 2012. "Mapping the Carceral State: Toward an Institutionally Capacious Approach to Punishment." Theoretical Criminology, 16:2: 221-44. [with Naomi Murakawa]
- Katherine Beckett. 2011. “Courtesy Stigma and Monetary Sanctions: Toward a Socio-Cultural Theory of Punishment” [with Alexes Harris, Heather Evans]. American Sociological Review 76, 2: 234-64.
- Katherine Beckett and Steve Herbert. 2010. “Penal Boundaries: Banishment and the Expansionof Punishment.” Law and Social Inquiry 35, 1: 1-38. Download PDF (400.28 KB)
- Katherine Beckett and Steve Herbert. 2010. Banished: The New Social Control in Urban America. Oxford University Press. Published in the Crime and Public Policy Series.
- Katherine Beckett. 2008. Race and Drug Law Enforcement in Seattle. Report commissioned by the Racial Disparity Project and the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project.
- Katherine Buckett. 2016. "The Uses and Abuses of Police Discretion: Toward Harm Reduction Policing." Harvard Law & Policy Review, 10(1), 77-100.
Research Advised: Undergraduate Honors Theses Publications Reports
Research Advised: Undergraduate Honors Theses
Summer 2020 Full-term
- Letter from Katherine Beckett, LSJ Chair - May 21, 2020
- With coronavirus, prison and jail sentences could become death sentences - April 1, 2020
- Katherine Beckett Named New LSJ Chair - June 10, 2019
- Beckett Helps Make Washington History - October 15, 2018
- LSJ Honors Research Spotlights Harsh Prison Sentences, Raises Questions About Fairness - July 17, 2015
- Congratulations, Class of 2015! - July 6, 2015
- Brown Bag Lunch with Professor Beckett - February 2, 2014