Sadé Lindsay (2020-2021)

Sadé Lindsay is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the Ohio State University. Her mixed methods dissertation project, The Prison Credential Dilemma: How Race and Contradictory Signals Shape Post-Prion Employment and Job Search Strategies, explores how human capital, race, and criminal records intersect to affect formerly incarcerated men’s employment opportunities. It draws on three interrelated data collection efforts, including an audit study of employers and qualitative interviews with both employers and formerly incarcerated men.

In addition to the Center for Engaged Scholarship, her dissertation project has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, the American Society of Criminology, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

In Fall 2021, Sadé will join the Departments of Policy Analysis and Management and Sociology at Cornell University as a Postdoctoral Fellow and then as an Assistant Professor in Summer 2023. More broadly, her research interests include racial inequality, reentry and employment, women’s incarceration experiences, drug policy and use, and media portrayals and public perceptions of crime. Sadé’s work has been published in Social Problems, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and The Prison Journal.

As a strong advocate for racial equity and justice, her research is often informed by her direct service to incarcerated and other disadvantaged populations. She spent three years preparing young boys and men in a juvenile prison for reentry through financial and career goal planning and resume-building activities in addition to holistic activities on fatherhood, education, and health and wellness. She also collaborates with a non-profit organization based in California to publish a research report meant to inform the general public on LGBT people’s experiences in the criminal justice system. Sadé continues to advocate for issues surrounding racial equity, incarceration, and reentry through her involvement with local reentry organizations and coalitions.

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