Associate Professor & Graduate Chair
552 Gladfelter Hall



Youth Justice, Life Course/ Desistance, Social Inequality, Prisoner Reentry, Urban Crime, Qualitative Research Methods


Dr. Fader’s primary research interests are in urban social inequality and crime; youth justice; corrections; desistance and prisoner reentry; life course sociology and criminology, especially the transition to adulthood; and qualitative research methods. Her current research includes: (1) an ethnographic study of masculinity, adulthood and crime among men aged 25-34 living in a high-reentry community in Philadelphia; (2) a series of long-term case studies exploring the life trajectories of young men of color who were incarcerated as youth and are now in their early 30s; (3) a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of Family Functional Therapy modified for youth at risk of gang-joining (FFT-G), funded by the National Institute of Justice.

Selected Publications


  • Fader, Jamie J. 2013 Falling Back: Incarceration and Transitions to Adulthood Among Urban Youth. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
    **  Michael J. Hindelang Book Award, American Society of Criminology
    **  2016 Outstanding Book Award, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Selected Journal Publications:

  • Sankofa, jub, Alexandra Cox, Jamie J. Fader, Laura Abrams, Anne Nurse, and Michelle Inderbitzin. 2017. “Juvenile Corrections in the Era of Reform: A Meta-Synthesis of Qualitative Studies.” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Online First.
  • Fader, Jamie J. “Criminal Family Networks: Criminal Capital and Cost Avoidance Among Urban Drug Sellers.” Deviant Behavior. 37(11):1325-1340.
  • Fader, Jamie J. 2016. “’Selling Smarter Not Harder’: The Role of the Life Course in Shaping Perceptions of and Adaptations to Sanction Risk” International Journal of Drug Policy. 36(2016):120-129.
  • Fader, Jamie J. and LaTosha L. Traylor. “Dealing with Difference in Desistance Theory: The Promise of Intersectionality for New Avenues of Inquiry.” Sociology Compass. 9(4):247-260.
  • Fader, Jamie J., Megan Kurlychek, and Kirstin Morgan. “The Color of Juvenile Justice: Racial Disparities in Dispositional Decisions.” Social Science Research. 44C(2014): 126-140.
  • Fader, Jamie J., Brian Lockwood, Victoria Schall, and Benjamin Stokes. 2015. “A Promising Approach to Narrowing the School-to-Prison Pipeline: The WISE Arrest Diversion Program.” Youth Violence & Juvenile Justice. 13(2):123-42.
  • Fader, Jamie J. and Dum, Christopher P. 2013. “Doing Time, Filling Time: Bureaucratic Ritualism and Other Systemic Barriers to Youth Reentry” Children and Youth Services Review. 35:899-907.
  • Kelly, Christopher E. and Jamie J. Fader. 2012. “Computer-Based Employment Applications: Implications for Offenders and Supervising Officers” Federal Probation. 76(1). June 2012.
  • Fader, Jamie J. 2011. “Conditions of a Successful Status Graduation Ceremony: Formerly-Incarcerated Urban Youth and their Tenuous Grip on Success.” Punishment & Society. 13(1): 29-46.

Book Chapters

  • Fader, Jamie J. and Abigail R. Henson*. (In Press) “This Individual May or May Not Be on the Megan’s Law Registry: The Sex Offender Label’s Impact on Reentry.” In Moving Beyond Recidivism: Expanding Approaches to Research on Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration. Andrea Leverentz, Elsa Chen, and Johnna Christian (Eds.) New York University Press.
  • Fader, Jamie J. (In Press) “Keeping Ethnographic Traditions Alive in the Modern Academy.” In Using Ethnography in Criminology: Discovery Through Fieldwork. Stephen K. Rice and Michael Maltz (Eds.). Springer.
  • Fader, Jamie J. 2008. “You Can Take Me Outta The ‘Hood, but You Can’t Take The ‘Hood Outta Me: Youth Incarceration and Reentry.” In Elijah Anderson (Ed.) Against the Wall: Poor, Young, Black, and Male. University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Anderson, Elijah and Jamie J. Fader. 2008. “The Urban Underclass.” Encyclopedia of Social Problems. Vincent N. Parrillo (Ed.) Sage Publications.

Courses Taught

  • CJ 8204 – Policy and Practice in Juvenile Justice
  • CJ 4096 – Crime and Social Policy (writing intensive)
  • CJ 2401 – Nature of Crime
  • CJ 2001 – Introduction to Juvenile Justice