Michael Schlossman

Office: Raubinger 456

Phone: 973-720-3434

Email: schlossmanm@wpunj.edu

Office Hours: MW 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., T 3-4:30 p.m., and by appointment

Department: Sociology

Position: Assistant Professor

Area Specialization: Crime and Punishment, Juvenile Justice, Qualitative Methods, Organizations, Race, Children and Youth, Historical Sociology

Michael Schlossman received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University (2013) and an M.Phil. in Criminology from Cambridge University.  His dissertation, Not Quite Treatment, Not Quite Punishment: A Case Study of American Juvenile Justice in the Get-Tough Era (1987-2009), examines how the contemporary juvenile justice system responded to increases in violent youth crime and demands for more punitive crime policies.  For this project, he spent several years researching micro-level trends in incarceration and the deployment of alternative-to-incarceration programs in an urban juvenile court, drawing on a mix of interview, observational, and archival evidence.  A second line of research, using Los Angeles as a case study, examines how racial discrimination in American society played out in the pre-deinstitutionalization era juvenile court, when there was still great confidence in the state’s ability to rehabilitate delinquent youth. 

More generally, Prof. Schlossman’s research and teaching interests include crime and punishment, juvenile justice, qualitative methods, organizations, race, children and youth.  He is especially interested in the theory and practice of community-based alternatives to incarceration and historical patterns of criminal justice decision-making.