My research is in the sociology of punishment, focusing in particular on the punitive turn in the U.S. My primary lines of ongoing research are on mass probation, contemporary criminal justice reform efforts, and policing.

My work has been published in interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journals, including ANNALS (Phelps & Pager 2016), Law & Society Review (Phelps 2011), Punishment & Society (Phelps 2017), Theoretical Criminology (Goodman, Page, & Phelps 2015)Annual Review of Law and Social Science (Phelps 2016)Law & Policy (Phelps 2013), Journal of Criminal Justice (Phelps 2012), and Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Annual (Phelps 2015).* Together with Joshua Page (University of Minnesota) and Philip Goodman (University of Toronto), I have a 2017 book with Oxford University Press titled Breaking the Pendulum: The Long Struggle Over Criminal Justice that traces the history of U.S. corrections since the birth of the prison.

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