Alice Goffman
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Alice Goffman

American sociologist

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Alice Goffman is a visiting assistant professor of sociology at Pomona College. She received a B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D from Princeton University. She also holds board member positions at a number of sociological publications.

She is best-known, and for some, infamously known, for her work, On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City, the product of an immersive research study she began as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. In this study, she observed a poor neighborhood in Philadelphia to examine the interactions between police and young, black men. Her work, clearly articulating the epidemic of incarceration and injustice faced by these communities, was initially highly acclaimed. Luminaries such as Cornel West and Howard Becker spoke up in praise for her work.

Criticism of her work has arisen from both valid and subjectively invalid contentions. Her intention as a white woman studying these phenomena has been questioned, but not as fiercely as her own admissions of criminal conduct undertaken while immersed in her subject, which, if exaggerated, are still damaging. In spite of all the initial accolades, the controversy surrounding her work has taken its toll on her reputation. She was denied a tenured faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019.

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Alice Goffman is an American sociologist, urban ethnographer, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Pomona College.

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Pomona College
Pomona College

Private liberal arts college in Claremont, California, United States

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University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Public research university in Madison, Wisconsin., USA

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University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania

Private research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Princeton University
Princeton University

Private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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#730 World Rank #305 USA Rank
Sociology
#1624 World Rank #697 USA Rank
Anthropology
#46648 World Rank #11800 USA Rank
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