Ispa-Landa, Schoenfeld Named IPR Fellows

Ispa-Landa, Schoenfeld Named IPR Fellows

Simone and Heather

Education and Social Policy professors Simone Ispa-Landa and Heather Schoenfeld have been named fellows at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research.

Both sociologists, Ispa-Landa and Schoenfeld were previously IPR associates. They join six other new fellows from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, making up one of the largest incoming cohorts of faculty fellows ever.

“The new fellows’ individual areas of expertise will strengthen the Institute in key research areas—inequality and race, social disparities and health, and the science of diversity,” said IPR Director David Figlio.

Digging into disparities in criminal justice

The United States, often called the “world’s biggest jailer,” has a long history of mass incarceration.

Ispa-Landa and Schoenfeld, also a scholar of legal studies, both look at key aspects of the U.S. criminal justice system, expungement, and criminal justice reform in states.

Simone Ispa-Landa: Ispa-Landa examines “subtle” inequalities—or the ways inequalities persist even when things are ostensibly equal. Her current projects include an investigation of how individuals with criminal records seek to expunge, and live with, those records. From this research to her work on race and gender in school diversity programs, Ispa-Landa looks at how race, gender, and stigma operate day to day, with pertinent findings for the education and legal spheres. She received a doctorate from Harvard University in 2011.

Heather SchoenfeldSchoenfeld works at the intersection of politics, policy, race, and the law, focusing on systems of criminal punishment. She is finishing a book on the origins of mass incarceration in Florida, which focuses on why policymakers expanded the reach of the criminal justice system over the past 60 years. Her current research includes a study of contemporary state-level reforms to reduce incarceration. Schoenfeld received her doctorate in sociology from Northwestern University.

Founded in 1968, Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research (IPR) is one of the nation’s leading institutes of interdisciplinary social science research. IPR researchers seek to produce rigorous policy-relevant research of the highest order, which can, in turn, inform 21st-century solutions to many of our most pressing societal problems. 

New IPR Fellows: 

Simone Ispa-Landa (School of Education and Social Policy)

Seema Jayachandran (Economics)

Mary McGrath (Political Science)

Beth Redbird (Sociology)

Rachel Beatty Riedl (Political Science)

Onnie Rogers (Psychology)

Heather Schoenfeld (Legal Studies and School of Education and Social Policy)

Sera Young (Anthropology)

By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 10/18/16