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Jason Carmichael

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Associate Professor

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 713

855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-6838
Fax: 514-398-3403
E-Mail: jason [dot] carmichael [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Jason Carmichael)
Office: Leacock 814

Research Areas

Criminology, criminal justice, social control, punishment, social movements, political sociology and the sociology of law.



(PhD, The Ohio State University, 2006). Assistant Professor at McGill since 2006. His research agenda centers on how sociopolitical arraignments influence punishment and other mechanisms of formal social control. The subjects of his research have included, among other things: the use and legality of the death penalty; factors contributing to jail and prison use; and determinants of violence by and against police officers. His current projects related to crime, punishment and social control include: the role that income inequality has on the size of local police forces; predictors of interracial homicides; and the incarceration of juvenile offenders. He is also working on a study that explores the organizational development of the U.S. environment movement.


Selected Publications

Jacobs, David and Jason T. Carmichael, and Stephanie L. Kent. 2005. “Vigilantism, Current Racial Threat, and Death Sentences.” American Sociological Review 70: 656-677. (to be reprinted in Crime: Readings, 3rd Edition. Edited by Robert D. Crutchfield et. al. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press. July 2007).

Carmichael, Jason T. 2005. “The Determinants of Jail Admission Rates Across Large U.S. Cities: An Analysis of Racial and Ethnic Threat Theory.” Social Science Research 34: 538-569.

Jacobs, David and Jason T. Carmichael. 2004. "Ideology, Social Threat, and Death Sentences: Capital Sentencing Across Time and Space." Social Forces. 83: 249-278.

Jacobs, David and Jason T. Carmichael. 2002 “Subordination and Violence Against State Control Agents: Testing Political Explanations for Lethal Assaults Against the Police.” Social Forces 80: 1223-1251.

Jacobs, David and Jason T. Carmichael. 2002. “The Political Sociology of the Death Penalty: A Pooled Time-Series Analysis.” American Sociological Review 67: 109-131. [Honorable mention ASA Political Sociology Section Distinguished Article Award in 2003].

Jacobs, David and Jason T. Carmichael. 2001. "The Politics of Punishment across Time and Space: A Pooled Time- Series Analysis of Imprisonment Rates." Social Forces 80: 61-89 (reprinted in Crime and Criminal Justice ed. William T. Lyons Jr. Aldershot UK: Ashgate Publishing).

Carmichael, Jason T. and David Jacobs. 2001. "Violence by and against the Police." Ronald Burns and Charles Crawford, eds. Policing and Violence. Prentice Hall.


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:
SOCI 250: Social Problems

Graduate Seminars:
SOCI 504: Quantitative Analysis I