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Amy Lerman

Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Associate Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy, and Co-Director of The People Lab
(510) 642-1137
205A GSPP Main
Office Hours
By Appointment
Personal Statement

Professor Lerman is a political scientist who writes widely on issues related to political engagement, public opinion, and public policy. Her recent work examines the ways that growing economic inequality, persistent racial bias, and the rise of the carceral state influence citizens’ political beliefs, racial identities, and rates of political participation. She is particularly interested in the political attitudes and behavior of the low-income, youth, and racial minorities. Professor Lerman is the author of two books on criminal justice policy, The Modern Prison Paradox (Cambridge University Press) andArresting Citizenship (The University of Chicago Press). She also writes on American bureaucracy, privatization, and public/private partnerships. Her current book project, The Public Competency Crisis, explores the micro-politics of privatization, assessing the ways that citizens understand and form preferences toward public versus private provision of goods and services. Professor Lerman’s scholarship can be found in a variety of journals, including the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Punishment and Society. She received her PhD in 2008 from the University of California, Berkeley.

Academic Subfields
Research Interests
Criminal Justice
Public Opinion
American Bureaucracy
Political Behavior
B.A., Social Policy and Political Science, Gallatin School, New York University
M.A. Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., Political Science , University of California, Berkeley
  • The Modern Prison Paradox (Cambridge University Press) 
  • Arresting Citizenship (The University of Chicago Press)