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Traci Burch

Traci Burch is Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation and Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University.  She is the author of Trading Democracy for Justice: Criminal Convictions and the Decline of Neighborhood Political Participation (University of Chicago Press, 2013).  Burch's dissertation, "Punishment and Participation: How Criminal Convictions Really Threaten American Democracy," won the American Political Science Association’s E.E. Schattschneider Award for the best dissertation in American Politics (2009), the William Anderson Award for the best dissertation in the field of state and local politics, federalism, or intergovernmental relations (2008), the American Political Science Association Urban Section Best Dissertation in Urban Politics Award (2008), and Harvard University’s Robert Noxon Toppan Prize for the best dissertation in political science (2007).   She is also coauthor of Creating a New Racial Order (Princeton University Press, 2012). Other recent publications appear in Political Behavior, Law and Society Review, and Criminology and Public Policy.

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