RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Inequality, Incarceration, Historical Sociology, Health
Christopher Muller is a sociologist who studies the historical origins of racial inequality in incarceration in the United States, the social consequences of mass imprisonment, and the long-term effects of slavery and the economic institutions that succeeded it. His dissertation examines racial inequality in American incarceration in the postbellum South, during the Great Migration, and following postwar suburbanization. He has previously written on the relationship between mass imprisonment and trust in the law, poverty, health, and family life, on tenancy and marriage in the postbellum South, and on the relevance of pragmatist philosophy to sociology. He completeD his Ph.D. in Sociology at Harvard University in 2014. In the fall of 2016, he will begin as an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.