Youth Justice, Life Course/ Desistance, Social Inequalities, Corrections/Reentry, Urban Crime, Qualitative Research Methods


Dr. Fader’s primary research interests are in urban social inequalities and crime; youth justice; corrections; desistance and prison reentry; life course sociology and criminology, especially the transition to adulthood; and qualitative research methods. She is the author of Falling Back: Incarceration and Transitions to Adulthood among Urban Youth, which was recognized as the best book of 2016 by the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Her current research includes: (1) an book-length study of Millennial men living in a high-reentry community in Philadelphia (under contract with UC Press); (2) a follow-up to a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of Functional Family Therapy modified for youth at risk of gang-joining (FFT-G), funded by the National Institute of Justice; and (3) a needs assessment for LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia who are involved or at-risk of involvement in the criminal legal system.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • Fader, Jamie J. 2021. “I Don’t Have Time for Drama”: Managing Risk and Uncertainty through Network Avoidance. Criminology. 59(2): 291-317.
  • Fader, Jamie J. and Megan H. Shaud. 2021. “Challenging Heteronormative Practices in the Juvenile Justice System.” Temple University Public Policy Lab Policy Brief No. 8, June 17, 2021.
  • Fader, Jamie J., Scott W. VanZant, and Abigail R. Henson. 2020. “Community-Level Crime Framing in an Era of Criminal Justice Reform.” Justice Quarterly. 37(6), 1119-1139.
  • Fader, Jamie J. 2019. “The Game Ain’t What It Used to Be: Legal and Illegal Work among Modern Day Drug Sellers.” Journal of Drug Issues. 49(1): 57-73.
  • Thornberry, Terence P., Brook Kearley, Denise C. Gottfredson, Molly P. Slothower, Deanna N. Devlin, and Jamie J. Fader. 2018. “Reducing Crime among Youth at Risk for Gang Involvement: A Randomized Trial.” Criminology & Public Policy. 17(4): 953-89.
  • Fader, Jamie J. 2016. “Criminal Family Networks: Criminal Capital and Cost Avoidance Among Urban Drug Sellers.” Deviant Behavior. 37(11):1325-1340.
  • Fader, Jamie J. 2016. “Selling Smarter Not Harder”: The Role of the Life Course in Shaping Perceptions of and Adaptations to Sanction Risk” International Journal of Drug Policy. 36(2016):120-129.
  • Fader, Jamie J. and LaTosha L. Traylor. “Dealing with Difference in Desistance Theory: The Promise of Intersectionality for New Avenues of Inquiry.” Sociology Compass. 9(4):247-260.
  • Fader, Jamie J., Megan Kurlychek, and Kirstin Morgan. “The Color of Juvenile Justice: Racial Disparities in Dispositional Decisions.” Social Science Research. 44C(2014): 126-140.

Courses Taught

  • CJ 8202: Corrections (graduate)
  • CJ 8204: Policy and Practice in Juvenile Justice (graduate)
  • CJ 2001: Introduction to Juvenile Justice
  • CJ 2401: Nature of Crime
  • CJ 4097: Crime, Justice & the American Dream (capstone/WI)