Carla Shedd

Carla Shedd
Assistant Professor
+1 212 854 2456
Campus Phone: 
MS 4-2456
708 Knox
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Department of Sociology, 708 Knox Hall, MC 9649, Mail Code: 606 West 122nd Street,New York NY 10027, United States
Areas of Interest: 
Crime and Criminal Justice, Race and Ethnicity, Law and Society, Social Inequality, and Urban Sociology

Ph.D., Northwestern, 2006

Biographical Note: 

Carla Shedd is Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Columbia University.  Shedd received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University 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’s first book, Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice (October 2015, Russell Sage), is the winner of multiple academic awards, including the prestigious C. Wright Mills Award, which is given to the top social-science book in the field of social inequality. Unequal City uses the experiences of youth, particularly their interactions with teachers, police, and parents, to uncover how they shape adolescents’ perceptions of themselves and their wider social worlds. Unequal City also examines the driving forces behind and the consequences of policies that have intricately linked the public school system and the criminal justice system.

Shedd’s current research focuses on New York City’s juvenile justice system investigating how young people’s linked institutional experiences influence their placement on and movement along the carceral continuum. This research will be the foundation of her second book project, The Protection is the Punishment: Reconciling the Peril and Promise of America's Juvenile Court System. 

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's work has been featured on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show; MSNBC's ">Melissa Harris-Perry, and All In with Chris Hayes; C-SPAN's Washington Journal; NY1's Inside City Hall; and has been written about in USA Today, NPR-ED, NBCNews.Com, Atlantic's City Lab, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Chicago Magazine,, and other major outlets.


Shedd, Carla. Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice (September 2015, Russell Sage Foundation) (20% off promo code: SHEDD)

Shedd, Carla. 2015. “The Legacy Effect: Charting the Next Iteration of the Carceral State.” Book Review. The Black Child-Savers by Geoff K. Ward& A Theory of African American Offending by Unnever & Gabiddon. Du Bois Review, forthcoming, Spring 2015.

Shedd, Carla. 2012. “What about the Other 99%: The Broader Impact of Street Stops on Minority Communities” Urban Institute Research Paper Series.

Shedd, Carla. 2011. “Countering the Carceral Continuum: The Legacy of Mass Incarceration” Journal of Criminology & Public Policy, Vol. 10, Issue 3.

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.