Aaron Kupchik

Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware

Areas of Expertise

  • School safety
  • School policing
  • School punishment
  • Correctional facilities
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Sociology of childhood

Key Findings

  • In, “Homeroom Security: School Discipline in an Age of Fear,” Kupchik analyzes the impact of having heavy school security and harsh zero-tolerance policies in schools on students and their later lives. . . MORE
  • In, “School Suspensions and Adverse Experiences in Adulthood,” Kupchik describes the school-to-prison pipeline, which highlights the negative future implications of suspensions, expulsions and school arrests . . . MORE
  • In, “Race, Poverty, and Exclusionary School Security: An empirical analysis of U.S. elementary, middle, and high schools,” Kupchik looks at factors that influence high school security and exclusionary school. . . MORE
  • In, “Discipline and Participation: The long-term effects of suspension and school security on the political and civic engagement of youth,” Kupchik uses data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent . . . MORE
  • In, “The Real School Safety Problem: The Long-Term Consequences of Harsh School Punishment,” Kupchik looks at how schools have changed due to the higher threats of violence and increased security. . . MORE


Aaron Kupchik, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware, is an expert in the punishment and policing of youth in schools, courts and correctional facilities, inequality among juveniles, juvenile delinquency and the sociology of childhood.

Kupchik has consulted with the National Academies of Science and the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, and his work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice. He is the recipient of several awards from the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and from the ASC Division of Corrections and Sentencing. He is a member of ASC and the American Sociological Association.

He has been published in numerous academic journals and is the author of The Real School Safety Problem: The Long-Term Consequences of Harsh School Punishment, Homeroom Security: School Discipline in an Age of Fear, and Judging Juveniles: Prosecuting Adolescents in Adult and Juvenile Courts.

Kupchik received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from New York University and B.A. in Psychology from Boston University.

Follow Aaron on Twitter: @aaron_kupchik

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