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Traci Schlesinger, PhD

Visiting Associate Professor of Educational Psychology

Associate Professor of Sociology, DePaul University

Educational Psychology


Building & Room:

1432 ETMSW


1040 W. Harrison St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-0886


Questions about how the criminalizing and punishing systems maintain white supremacy in the contemporary United States inform her research, teaching, activism, and policy work. My work on racialized decision-making in juvenile and criminal processing and the production of racialized impact through race neutral laws has been published in Crime & Delinquency, Criminology & Public Policy, Future of Children, Justice Quarterly, Law & Society Review, Race & Justice and other scholarly journals. In addition to being cited by other scholars, my work has been cited by the courts--including in the precedent setting Harris County, TX decision in which money bail was found unconstitutional.

Selected Publications

2018. “Decriminalizing Racialized Youth through Juvenile Diversion.” Future of Children. 28(2):59-82.

2011. “The Failure of Race-Neutral Policies: How Mandatory Terms and Sentencing Enhancements Increased Racial Disparities in Prison Admission Rates”. Crime & Delinquency. 57(1):56-81.

2008. “Equality at the Price of Justice: How Mandatory Terms and Sentencing Enhancements Disproportionately affect Women.” National Women’s Studies Association Journal. 20(2):27-47.

2005. “Racial and Ethnic Disparity in Pretrial Criminal Processing.” Justice Quarterly. 22(2):170-192.

Service to Community

In addition to my academic positions at both UIC and DePaul University, I am a Board Member of the Pretrial Justice Institute where I chair the Research Action Committee. With both the PJI and community groups in Cook County, I continue to do exciting work to help change the landscaped of how bail, and thus pretrial detention, work, throughout the nation.


PhD, Princeton University

Research Currently in Progress

Forthcoming, Summer 2019. “Saving the radical possibilities of public education in the continuing contexts of scarcity and white supremacy.” Co-authored with Meg Schmitts-Early. Youth Justice. TBD.