Sarah Esther Lageson

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal records
  • Access to criminal justice data
  • Background checks
  • Ban the Box
  • Revenge pornography
  • Internet privacy and transparency


Sarah Lageson, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, is an expert on the criminal justice system, criminal records and background checks, and internet privacy.

Lageson previously served as an Americorps VISTA volunteer for the Minnesota Prisoner Reentry Program and a research coordinator for the Council on Crime and Justice in Minneapolis. In 2007, the National Institutes of Justice recognized her with the New Investigator/Early Career Award in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field.

She has been published in numerous journals and has authored two books, “Give Methods a Chance: Interviews with Social Scientists” (W.W. Norton) and “Digital Punishment” (Oxford).

Lageson received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota and earned her B.A. in Anthropology and History from Washington University in St. Louis.