Associate Professor & Graduate Chair
Jamie Fader
552 Gladfelter Hall


Juvenile 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; juvenile 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) a study of employment and desistance from offending among young men in Frankford, Philadelphia; (2) an exploration of apprehension avoidance strategies and other risk reduction techniques employed by urban drug sellers; (3) a study of the relationship between legal and illegal work among urban drug sellers; and (4) an examination of the educational outcomes for youths involved in the juvenile justice system.

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


Sankofa, jub, Alexandra Cox, Jamie J. Fader, Laura Abrams, Anne Nurse, and Michelle Inderbitzin. “Juvenile Corrections in the Era of Reform: A Meta-Synthesis of Qualitative Studies.” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

Selected Journal Publications:

  • 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., Megan Kurlychek, and Kirstin Morgan. “The Color of Juvenile Justice: Racial Disparities in Dispositional Decisions.” Social Science Research. 44C(2014): 126-140. Available online.
  • Fader, Jamie J., Brian Lockwood, Victoria Schall, and Benjamin Stokes. “A Promising Approach to Narrowing the School-to-Prison Pipeline: The WISE Arrest Diversion Program.” Youth Violence & Juvenile Justice. Available online.
  • 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.
  • Dum, Christopher P. and Jamie J. Fader. 2013. “These are Kids’ Lives!: Dilemmas and Adaptations of Juvenile Aftercare Workers.” Justice Quarterly. 30(5): 784-810.
  • 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

  • Dum, Christopher P. and Jamie J. Fader. 2014. “Aftercare and Reentry.” The Encyclopedia of Criminology & Criminal Justice. Jay S. Albanese, Editor-in-Chief. Wiley-Blackwell Publications.
  • Fader, Jamie J. 2012. “Juvenile Aftercare.” Encyclopedia of Community Corrections. Shannon M. Barton-Bellessa, Editor. Sage Publications.
  • Fader, Jamie J. 2011. “Out-of-Home Placements.” In William Chambliss (Ed.) Juvenile Crime and Justice. Sage Publications.
  • 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