B.A., Political Science, American University

M.A. International Affairs, American University

Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Courses Taught

Ethnographic Field Research Methods; Sociology of Race and Ethnicity; Women, Race, and Class; Race, Self, & Society; Race and Juvenile Justice; Social Construction of Identity; Introduction to Sociology 

Research Interests

Her research examines the ways that social inequalities are reflected and reproduced in institutional structures, policies, programs, and practices.


Her most recent publications are Girls and Juvenile Justice: Power, Status, and the Social Construction of Delinquency (Palgrave Macmillan 2017, paperback 2018) and “Horizontal Surveillance and Therapeutic Governance” in Palgrave International Handbook of Youth Imprisonment (forthcoming 2020).  She has published in, among others, International Migration Review, Crime & Delinquency, and Girls, Women, and Crime.  Her current research is an ethnographic study examining how women college students navigate social hierarchies in their everyday lives.

Carla Davis

Associate Professor of Sociology

 Email:  Phone: 608-363-2076   Room 302, Campbell Hall
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