Core Department Faculty

Friedman, Brittany

Fac Friedman BrittanyBrittany Friedman

Ph.D., Northwestern University in 2018
Department of Sociology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

Office: Davison Hall 043
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Brittany Friedman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate of the Program in Criminal Justice and the Center for Security, Race, and Rights at Rutgers University. She is a 2019 Fellow of the Racial, Democracy, Crime and Justice Network (RDCJN). Friedman holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University and researches race and prison order, penal policy, and the intersections between institutions and monetary sanctions in the criminal justice system. Her first book, Born in Blood: Death Work, White Power, and the Rise of the Black Guerilla Family (under contract, The University of North Carolina Press JPP Series), traces the institutionalization of control strategies designed to eradicate Black political protest and the resulting consequences for the prison social system. The research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Society of Criminology, and the Kellogg School of Management.

Friedman is a member of the Multi-State Study of Monetary Sanctions, researching how monetary sanctions in the criminal justice system impact reentry, racial inequality, and poverty.

With April Fernandes and Gabriela Kirk, she is Co-PI of a comparative study of inmate reimbursement practices, also known as “pay-to-stay.” Their funded project expands the study of monetary sanctions to include empirical analyses of pay-to-stay as revenue generation.