Team

Bryan L. Sykes, Ph.D., is the principal investigator for this research project. He is an inaugural Inclusive Excellence Term Chair Associate Professor and Chancellor's Fellow in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society (and, by courtesy, the Department of Sociology and the Program in Public Health) at the University of California, Irvine. Professor Sykes' research focuses on demography and criminology, with particular interests in demographic processes, structural inequality, racial disparities, population health, and research methodology.

Emily Owens, Ph.D., is the co-principal investigator on the project. She is a Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society (with a secondary appointment the Department of Economics) at the University of California, Irvine. Professor Owens studies a wide range of topics in the economics of crime, including policing, sentencing, and the impact of local public policies on criminal behavior. Her research examines how government policies affect the prevalence of criminal activity as well as how agents within the criminal justice system, particularly police, prosecutors, and judges, respond to policy changes.

Meghan M. Ballard is a doctoral student in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include linguistic (in)justice, racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system, and the interplay between social inequities and access to justice.

Daniela Kaiser is a doctoral student in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include the experience and consequences of criminal justice contact, with a particular focus on how incarceration affects family life and child wellbeing.

Vicente Celestino Mata is a doctoral student in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include understanding the impacts of settler colonialism on immigration law and policy, and the decision-making practices of immigration judges.

J. Amanda Sharry is a doctoral student in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on the genesis and effects of poverty and inequality, specifically with how it relates to social marginality, formerly incarcerated populations, and the labor market.

Justin L. Sola is a doctoral candidate in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. His research involves testing theories of why people seek security, and exploring how inequality is maintained and magnified in the criminal justice system.

Camila Gutierrez is a fourth year undergraduate student in Criminology, Law, and Society and Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine. She has worked with Dr. John Hipp in his Crime and Space Lab, in the Prison Pandemic Project, and in the Lifer Lab with PhD candidate Joanne DeCaro. She is thrilled to now be a part of the Shadow Cost Research Team.

Kenneth Funes is a third year undergraduate student majoring in Psychological Science. He is interested in clinical work, human behavior and criminology.

María Guadalupe Estrada is a third year undergraduate student majoring in Criminology, Law & Society and Educational Sciences. She is interested in the system of “Crimmigration” and a former volunteer in the Prison Pandemic Project at UCI.