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

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)