Sandra Susan Smith
Sandra Susan Smith is the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice and Faculty Director of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute. Her areas of interest include urban poverty and joblessness, social capital and social networks, and, more recently, the front end of criminal case processing, with a particular interest in the short- and long-term consequences of pretrial detention and diversion. In each of these areas, racial inequality and its root causes are core areas of concern. Smith is currently working on a book, The Difference A Day Makes, which draws on almost 300 in-depth, semi-structured interviews to explain why spending any more than one day in pretrial detention can have significant and negative short- and long-term consequences for those held, including future penal system contact. Smith, who holds an MA and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in history-sociology from Columbia University, has been a visiting scholar at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and at the Russell Sage Foundation.