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Erin McCauley is a doctoral candidate in Sociology in the Departments of Sociology and Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University where she is an affiliate of the Center for the Study of Inequality and the Cornell Population Center. Erin is a visiting graduate student and research assistant in the Department of Sociology at Duke University for the 2020 - 2021 academic year and is a research assistant with the COVID Prison Project.


Erin conducts research on the intergenerational consequences of incarceration for health and inequality, as well as the risk of incarceration and experience of incarceration for those with unique health needs. She employs a diverse set of methods in her research, ranging from semi-structured interviews to econometric analysis.


Erin's dissertation is an audit style experiment with high school teachers which evaluates the effects of parental incarceration stigma on teachers' assessments of students, their work, and their behavior. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Fahs-Beck Dissertation Scholars program. Erin is also currently pursuing research projects related the intergenerational effect of incarceration on sexual health and fertility and the risk of mortality by police for those with disabilities. She plans to graduate in spring of 2022. 

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