Anna Haskins

Andrew V. Tackes Associate Professor of Sociology

Research Interests

Stratification and Inequality, Sociology of Education, Social Consequences of Mass Incarceration, Race and Institutions, Intergenerational Social Processes and the Family


Gender and Family, Inequality, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of Education, Stratification and Inequality, Urban Sociology


Anna R. Haskins’ research examines how three of America’s most powerful social institutions—the education system, the family, and the criminal justice system—connect and interact in ways that both preserve and mitigate social inequality, with emphases on early educational outcomes, intergenerational impacts, and disparities by race/ethnicity. Her work has been published in the American Sociological ReviewSocial Forces, Sociological ScienceSociology of Education and Social Science Research, among other scholarly outlets, and she is co-editor of a recent book – When Parents are Incarcerated: Interdisciplinary Research and Interventions to Support Children (2018, APA Press). Her current projects explore meso-level processes through which schools inhibit or promote institutional engagement among system-involved families, as well as studying more complicated intersections between schooling and punishment such as public attitudes around college-in-prison programs. Anna is a former elementary school teacher and prior to coming to Notre Dame she was an assistant professor of sociology at Cornell University. 



Shackling Children’s Futures

Findings by sociologist Anna Haskins, Cornell University, show the systematic negative effects a father’s incarceration history has on his children’s educational outcomes. Her research looks at the interconnection of three social institutions: The criminal justice system, the education system, and families.

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