Associate Professor of Sociology
8115 Sewell Social Sciences
Research Interest Statement:
I use multi-method, multi-level approaches in empirical investigations ranging from imprisonment, prisoner reentry, murder, healthcare access, and health disparities across the rural-urban interface. My research interest challenges existing models and develops new theories of community, health, race, punishment, and rural/urban processes in several ways. First, by tracing the emergence of the rural ghetto I establish a new conceptual model of rural neighborhoods. Next, by demonstrating the function of the ghetto in rural communities I extend concentrated disadvantage from urban to rural community process. These relationships are explored in my book, Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation, in print at the University of Chicago Press. In my most recent project I collaborate with the National Immigrant Justice Center to investigate health outcomes in immigrant detention centers.
Communities and Urban Sociology, Economic Sociology, Qualitative Methods, Race and Ethnic Studies, Rural Sociology
Soc 441 Criminology
Other Campus Affiliations:
Hernandez, David., John M. Eason, Patrick Rubio-Goldsmith, Richard Abel, and Andrew McNeely. 2018. “With Mass Deportation Comes Mass Punishment: Punitive Capacity, Health, and Standards in US Immigrant Detention” in The Routledge Handbook of Immigration & Crime, edited by Holly Ventura Miller and Anthony Peguero.
Kay S. Varela, Peguero, Anthony A., John M. Eason, Miner P. “Trey” Marchbanks III, and Jamilia Blake. 2018. “School Strictness and Education: Investigating Racial and Ethnic Educational Inequalities Associated with Being Pushed Out.” Sociology of Race& Ethnicity 4(2): 261-280.
Eason, John M., Danielle Zucker, and Christopher Wildeman. 2017. “Mass imprisonment across the rural-urban interface”, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 672(1): 202-216.
Eason, John M. 2017. “Prisons as Panacea or Pariah?: The Countervailing Consequences of the Prison Boom on the Political Economy of Rural Towns.” Social Sciences 6(1): 7.
Eason, John M. 2017. Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Eason, John M. 2016. “Reclaiming the Prison Boom: Considering Prison Proliferation in the Era of Mass Imprisonment.” Sociology Compass 10: 261-271.