Stigma/Criminalization of Youth, Life Course, Race/Gender, Corrections, Qualitative Research Methods


Dr. Fader uses the life course perspective and qualitative research to examine how contact with the criminal legal system impacts lived experiences and identity construction for criminalized youth and boys/ men of color. 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 forthcoming book, On Shifting Ground: Constructing Manhood on the Margins (University of California Press, December 2023) draws on life course interviews with 45 men in Philadelphia to examine how they manage age-graded and gendered expectations during a time of diminished economic opportunities and the expanding reach of the criminal legal system.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • Fader, Jamie J. (forthcoming) On shifting ground: Constructing manhood on the margins. University of California Press, Gender and Justice Series (ed. Claire Renzetti).
  • Fader, Jamie J., Henson, Abigail, and Jesse Brey. 2022. “I Don’t Want to be a Statistic”: Racial-Criminal Stigma and Redemptive Generativity.” Crime & DelinquencyWinner of the William L. Simon/Routledge Outstanding Paper Award, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • 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.
  • 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. 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 8106: Theories of Crime and Deviance
  • 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)