Assistant ProfessorLaTosha Traylor
550 Gladfelter Hall


Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration, Maternal Incarceration, Mass Incarceration at the Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender Oppressions, Qualitative Research Methods


LaTosha Traylor is an interdisciplinary researcher, scholar, and teacher trained in qualitative research methods. She uses an intersectional framework to illuminate interlocking race, class, and gender oppressions in her research on mass incarceration. Dr. Traylor has published papers on these topics in Sociology Compass, Souls: A Critical Journal on Black Politics, Culture, and Society and the Oxford Handbook on Sentencing and Corrections. Her most recent project examines decision-making strategies used by formerly incarcerated mothers during reentry. The Temple University Office of the Provost has provided funding for this project.

Dr. Traylor has also conducted research on the implications of racialized imagery of motherhood and mothering on post-incarceration experiences of a group of formerly incarcerated Black women. The study focused on the significance of motherhood on the post-incarceration experiences of women with stigmatized social identities, as they relate to their socially prescribed gender roles of woman, mother, and partner/wife. Traylor’s research highlighted the complex formal and informal systems of surveillance, benchmarks, and oversight these women navigate, which are a byproduct of their reality as Black women and mothers with a history of incarceration. Further, the findings illuminated the interactions between macro-level structures of oversight by the criminal justice system, drug treatment facilities, the child welfare system, and prisoner reentry programs with micro-level practices in the women’s daily lives which include maintaining sobriety, securing employment and housing, and child-rearing as female offenders, Black women, and mothers.

Traylor holds a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and MA and PhD degrees in Criminology, Law, and Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Selected Publications

  • Fader, J. & Traylor, L. (2015). Pathways and barriers to desistance from offending for women, African Americans, and formerly incarcerated youth. Sociology Compass 9(4), Pp. 247-260.
  • Richie, B., Davis, D., & Traylor, L. (2012). Feminist politics, racialized imagery and social control: reproductive injustice in the age of Obama. Souls: a critical journal on black politics, culture, and society 14(1-2), Pp. 54-66.
  • Traylor, L. & Richie, B. (2012). Female Offenders And Women In Prison. In J. Petersilia & K. Reitz (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook on Sentencing and Corrections. New York: Oxford University Press.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice Research (CJ2601)
  • Prisons in America (CJ3302)