Spotlight for July 2016: Susan Sharp

Oklahoma has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country and the highest rate of incarceration of women. This presents significant problems for the state, particularly in terms of funding for the Department of Corrections in these fiscally difficult times. Susan has spent much of her research career studying female incarceration in Oklahoma, focusing mainly on the lives of women who are incarcerated and the impact of their incarceration on their families, as many of them are mothers. Susan’s research on this topic has been covered in many highly visible sociology journals and several books. The Norman Transcript recently printed two articles about Susan and her work:

Mean Laws or Mean Women?

Children Caught in the Crossfire

By the way, Susan has announced she will retire after the Fall 2016 semester. We will miss her dearly in the Sociology Department. But we are thankful for her many contributions, particularly the guidance and mentoring she provided for undergraduate students and graduate students alike.

We are honoring Susan’s career with a series of guest speakers in the fall. There will be more about these events posted on the sociology department website and the SOC/CRIM Facebook page.