The Department of Sociology at Columbia University seeks to appoint an Associate Research Scholar (ARS) within the Justice Lab to collaborate on the REFORM Alliance project. This is a one-year appointment with renewal conditional on funding and satisfactory performance.
This new criminal justice initiative, aimed at improving outcomes for the millions of people living under community corrections supervision, has two key dimensions. First, the collaboration will commission, edit, and disseminate new papers from distinguished scholars nationwide. Second, we will organize a symposium with authors, project leaders, REFORM Alliance staff, and guests, to maximize the reach and impact of the commissioned work.
Of 6.6 million justice-involved people nationwide, a full 4.5 million are living under community supervision, otherwise known as being on probation or parole. The Justice Lab and REFORM Alliance collaboration will help transform probation and parole by changing laws, systems, and culture to creative meaningful pathways to mobility, employment, and overall wellbeing. The ARS will actively participate in all parts of the intellectual development and program activities related to the REFORM Alliance collaboration and will also participate in the additional research projects across the Justice Lab as needed.
- Working with commissioned scholars to edit their research papers, ensuring that the work is accessible to non-academic actors and stakeholders, including policymakers, businesspeople, and advocates.
- Writing policy briefs from each commissioned paper, to ensure that the research and the overall initiative have significant policy impact outside the academy.
- Working with the REFORM Alliance team to generate a report or brief that synthesizes and summarizes the policy implications of the entire set of research papers, to be used in their press rollout.
-Managing and executing a virtual symposium assembling the commissioned authors, along with project leaders, REFORM Alliance staff and guests, to propagate the research and clarify new avenues for further scholarship.
-Helping identify opportunities for research collaboration and research-policy partnerships both inside and outside academia; identifying, contacting, and forging relationships with additional guests to extend the impact of the commissioned work.
-Supporting the Principal Investigator on a long-form writing project based on a research study currently underway in New York City to examine the life experiences and needs of people recently involved in the criminal justice system.
-Supporting additional research initiatives across the Justice Lab as needed; helping train and support other staff as necessary, drafting written reports and assist the Principal Investigator in preparation of publications and grant applications.
Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in any field that intersects with the practice of Social Work, Public Health, Criminal Justice, Sociology or another Social Science by date of hire, and must have received the degree within the past three years.
4 years professional research experience are required.
All applications must be made through Columbia University's Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) system. Please upload the following required materials: cover letter and curriculum vitae.
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