Ph.D., Northwestern, 2006
Carla Shedd is Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Columbia University. Shedd received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in June 2006 and her A.B. in Economics and African American Studies from Smith College. Her research and teaching interests focus on: crime and criminal justice; race and ethnicity; law and society; social inequality; and urban sociology.
Shedd is passionate about illuminating the plight of urban adolescents who each day confront the paradoxes of: a school system that can work to educate or criminalize them; a police department that can work to protect or harass them; and a justice system that can work to rehabilitate or damage them further. Shedd is currently finishing her first book, Arresting Development: Race, Place, and the End of Adolescence, which focuses on the city of Chicago. Centrally, the book examines the two institutions that prominently shape the lives of urban youth: the public school system and the criminal justice system. It also highlights the racially stratified social and physical terrain youth traverse between home and school. Shedd’s exploration of the “carceral continuum” is extended in her new project analyzing the myriad legal and extra-legal attributes that impact juvenile justice processing and dispositions in New York City.
Shedd has been published in various academic journals and edited book volumes. She has also received numerous competitive fellowships and grants from the Russell Sage Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Consortium on Violence Research, Columbia University, and Northwestern University.
Shedd is a 2010-11 Post-Doctoral Fellow for the Ford Foundation. She will be on sabbatical leave for the 2010-11 academic year as a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation.
Shedd Carla. 2010. Race and Police Brutality. Invited Book Review. Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 39, No. 1.
Shedd, Carla and John Hagan. 2006. Toward a Developmental and Comparative Conflict Theory of Race, Ethnicity, and Perceptions of Criminal Injustice. In Peterson, Krivo, and Hagan (Eds.) The Many Colors of Crime: Inequalities of Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America. New York: NYU Press.
Hagan, John, Carla Shedd, and Monique R. Payne. 2005. Race, Ethnicity, and Youth Perceptions of Criminal Injustice. American Sociological Review 70:381-407.
Hagan, John and Carla Shedd. 2005. A Socio-Legal Conflict Theory of Perceptions of Criminal Injustice. The University of Chicago Legal Forum. 261-288.
Hagan, John, Paul Hirschfield, and Carla Shedd. 2002. First and Last Words: Apprehending the Social and Legal Facts of an Urban High School Shooting. Sociological Methods & Research 31(2):218-254.