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Elaine Enriquez

Areas of Interest / Specialization: 
Culture, Criminal Justice, Economic Sociology, Political Sociology, Institutions, International Development
Dissertation Title: 
Convicts and Convictions: The Society, Identity, and Morality of Incarcerated Men
Dissertation Committee: 
Devah Pager, Mitch Duneier, Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Miguel Centeno
Dissertation Abstract: 

This dissertation answers critical questions of social order and moral commitments among incarcerated men by entering the long-dormant field of qualitative prison studies. It uses the prison as a total institution (Goffman 1961) and a strategic research site (Merton 1987) constituted by particular spaces (such as the cell, visiting room, gymnasium/weight room, courtyard, programming spaces, and the grounds themselves) and behaviors such as the participation in the formal and the informal economy to highlight the processes through which incarcerated individuals create and maintain social relations and construct identities. I reveal the multivalent behaviors and attitudes prisoners use to express and reconcile often-conflicting identities and moral commitments of their lives.



Centeno, Miguel and Elaine Enriquez. Forthcoming (2015). War and Society. New York: Polity.
Enriquez, Elaine and Miguel Centeno. 2012. “State Capacity: Utilization, Durability, and the Role of Wealth vs. History.” International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences, 1(2), pp. 130–62.
Centeno, Miguel and Elaine Enriquez. 2011. “Legacies of Empire?” Pp. 95–112 in Con- tention and Trust in Cities and States, edited by Michael Hanagan and Chris Tilly. New York: Springer.
Centeno, Miguel and Elaine Enriquez. 2010. “Legacies of Empire?” Theory and Society 39(3–4):343–60 

Grants and awards: 

2010, Research Support Grant, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University
2008, Language Study Grant, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton University
2007, Presidential Stipend, 5 years Princeton University Graduate School
2006, Field Research Support Grant, College of Humanities, University of Arizona
1995, Minority Achievement Scholarship (Renewable) University of Arizona 

Teaching Experience: 

Police and Society
Crime and Punishment
Theories of Deviance and Criminality
Methods in Sociological Research (Introductory Statistics)
Sociology of Crime and Punishment
Western Way of War 
Russia from Empire to Federation
Western Civilization