- Assistant Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice
- Chafee Hall, Rm 510
- Phone: 401.874.2256
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalie Pifer joined the University of Rhode Island as an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in fall 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and politics, a master’s degree in social ecology, a doctorate in criminology law, and society, and a law degree.
Her research draws from punishment and social control as well as law and society to examine criminal justice reform. These interdisciplinary fields frame a scholarly agenda substantively focused on understanding how legal categories drive—or frustrate—changes in policing, punishing, and incarcerating vulnerable groups such as juveniles, the mentally ill or disabled, and the unsheltered. Her most recent research examines how reforms that promise to better police and incarcerate the mentally ill are designed by criminal justice stakeholders and implemented on the ground by front-line workers. Pifer’s publication trajectory reflects her interdisciplinary approach to research, as her work appears in both peer-reviewed social science journals and in law reviews.
She teaches courses on crime and delinquency and on the criminal justice system’s institutions and actors.
- Criminal justice policy
- Criminal & civil rights law
- Extreme punishments
- Legal history
- Prisons & jails
- Qualitative research methods
- Ph.D. in Criminology, Law, and Society, University of California, Irvine, 2017
- M.A. in Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, 2014
- J.D., Loyola Law School, 2011
- B.A. in Journalism and Politics, New York University, 2008
Articles & Book Chapter
- Pifer, Natalie A. “Policing the Mentally Ill in Los Angeles on the Frontlines of Transinstitutionalization.” Under review for The Challenges of Policing in America: Security, Dignity, Democracy, Tamara Rice and Eric Miller, eds. Cambridge University.
- Barragan, Melissa, Kelsie Chesnut, Jason Gravel, Natalie A. Pifer, Keramet Reiter, Nicole Sherman, & George Tita (forthcoming in 2017) “Prohibited possessors and the law: How inmates in Los Angeles jails understand firearm and ammunition regulations.” The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.
- Chesnut, Kelsie, Melissa Barragan, Jason Gravel, Natalie A. Pifer, Keramet Reiter, Nicole Sherman, & George Tita (2016) “Not an Iron Pipeline, but Many Iron Capillaries: Regulating Passive Gun Transactions in Los Angeles’ Secondary & Illegal Markets.” Injury Prevention, Online First oi:1136/injuryprev-2016-042088
- Pifer, Natalie A. (2016) “The Scientific and the Social in ImplementingAtkins v. Virginia” Law & Social Inquiry, Vol. 41:4: 1036-1060.
- Pifer, Natalie A. (2016) “Re-Entrenchment Through Reform: The Promises and Perils of Categorical Exemptions for Extreme Punishment Policy” Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law Review, Vol. 7:2: 172-218.
- Reiter, Keramet and Pifer, Natalie A. (2015)”Plata v. Brown“ In Oxford Handbooks Online in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Michael Tonry, ed. Oxford University Press.
- Pifer, Natalie A. (2011). “Berghuis v. Smith: Continuing Ambiguity in Fair-Cross Section Claims“Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Vol. 44.3: 1035-1048.
- Pifer, Natalie A. (2010). “Is Life the Same As Death?: Implications ofGraham v. Florida, Roper v. Simmons, and Atkins v. Virginia on Life Without Parole Sentences for Juvenile and Mentally Retarded Offenders” Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Vol. 43.4: 1495-1532.
- Pifer, Natalie A. (2017) Review of the bookMass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Decision and the Future of Prisons in America [by Jonathan Simon] Punishment & Society, Vol. 19:3: 387-390.
- Pifer, Natalie A. (2013). Review of the bookLife without Parole: America’s New Death Penalty? [edited by Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. and Austin Sarat] Punishment & Society, Vol. 15.5: 583-585.