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Spencer Headworth

Spencer Headworth is an assistant professor of sociology at Purdue University (beginning August 2016). At the American Bar Foundation, he is an Affiliated Scholar and a former Graduate Research Coordinator. During his time as a Graduate Research Coordinatoor, he managed the Research Group on Legal Diversity, a project co-directed by Robert L. NelsonRonit Dinovitzer, and David Wilkins. He is also co-editor of Diversity in Practice: Race Gender, and Class in Legal and Professional Careers, with Nelson, Dinovitzer, and Wilkins. 

Headworth received his Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University in June 2016. He studies crime, social control, law, inequality, organizations, and professions. His dissertation, “Policing Welfare: Investigation and Punishment in Public Assistance,” examines dedicated welfare fraud control units, a novel intersection between the worlds of public benefits and law enforcement.

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