Associate Professor of Political Science, Santa Clara University
Elsa Chen, Associate Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University, is an expert in criminal justice sentencing policy reform, racial and ethnic disparities in sentencing outcome, the effects of mandatory minimum sentencing policies, and prisoner reentry.
Chen co-chairs the American Society of Criminology’s Division on People of Color and Crime and serves on the US Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs’ Science Advisory Board and the ASC Policy Committee. Before SCU, she worked as a policy analyst in the criminal justice program at RAND.
Her work has been published in numerous scholarly journals including Justice Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, and (forthcoming) Punishment and Society.
Chen received her Ph.D. in political science and M.A. in American politics and quantitative methods from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her M.P.P. from Harvard University and A.B. from Princeton University.
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