Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law & Society and Law
Ph.D., J.D., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)
(949) 824-9201
3373 SEII



prisons, legal history, criminal justice policy, criminal and civil rights law, law and society

Keramet Reiter studies prisons, prisoners' rights, and the impact of prison and punishment policy on individuals, communities, and legal systems.  She uses a variety of methods in her work -- including interviewing, archival and legal analysis, and quantitative data analysis -- in order to understand both the history and impact of criminal justice policies, from medical experimentation on prisoners and record clearing programs to the use of long-term solitary confinement in the United States.

Selected Publications:

Articles & Book Chapters

Reiter, K (2014). "The Supermax Prison: A Blunt Means of Control, or a Subtle Form of Violence?Radical Philosophy Review, Vol. 17.2: 457-75. [Please e-mail author if you would like a pdf of this article.]

Reiter, K (2014). “No Data, No Change: Bringing Prisons out of Hiding,” in The Politics of Abolition Revisited, by Thomas Mathiesen (New York: Routledge Press): 314-20.

Reiter, K (2014). "The Pelican Bay Hunger Strike: Resistance within the Structural Constraints of a U.S. Supermax Prison," South Atlantic Quarterly, Vol. 113.3: 579-611. [Please e-mail author if you would like a pdf of this article.]

Reiter, K (2014). "Making Windows in Walls: Strategies for Prison Research,” Qualitative Inquiry, Vol. 20.4: 417-28 (April). [Please e-mail author if you would like a pdf of this article.]

Reiterk, K (2014). “Punitive Contrasts: United States vs. Denmark – A Socio-Legal Comparison of Two Prison Systems,” in The Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Annual: Global Perspectives, Larry Sullivan, ed., Vol 6/1 (Brooklyn, NY: AMS Press, Inc.): 139-76 .

Reiter, K. (2013). “The Origins of and Need to Control Supermax Prisons.” California Journal of Politics and Policy, Vol. 5.2: 146-167. [Please e-mail author if you would like a pdf of this article.]

Reiter, K. (2012). “Parole, Snitch, or Die: California’s Supermax Prisons and Prisoners, 1987-2007.” Punishment & Society, Vol. 14.5: 530-63. [Please e-mail author if you would like a pdf of this article.]

Reiter, K. (2012). “The Most Restrictive Alternative: A Litigation History of Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons, 1960-2006.” Studies in Law, Politics and Society, Vol. 57: 69-123. [Please e-mail author if you would like a pdf of this article.]

Obasogie, O. & Reiter, K. (2011). “Prisoners as Human Subjects: Putting the Ethical Question in Context.” Bioethics, Vol. 25.1: 55-56.

Reiter, K. (2009). “Experimentation on Prisoners: Persistent Dilemmas in Rights and Regulations.” California Law Review, Vol. 97.2: 501-566.

Reiter, K. & Fellner, J. (2006). Cruel and Degrading: The Use of Dogs for Cell Extractions in U.S. Prisons (A Human Rights Watch Report).

Reviews & Testimonies

Reiter, K., Selbin, J. & Hersh, E. (2014). "Op-Ed: Should a shoplifting conviction be an indelible scarlet letter? Not in California." Los Angeles Times, Dec. 29: A-13. 

Reiter, K (2014). "Spirituality in Dark Places: The Ethics of Solitary Confinement" (Review of book by Derek Jeffreys), Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books (Sept.).

Reiter, K (2013). "From the Hyper-local to the Supra-global: Review of the Globalization of Supermax Prisons" (Jeffrey Ian Ross, ed.), Crime, Law and Social Change, Vol. 60.4 (Nov.).

Reiter, K (2013). "Watching Herman's House." PBS: Documentaries with a Point of View, Jul. 8.

Reiter, K. (2012). “Statement before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, June 15, 2012,” Hearing on Solitary Confinement (Jun. 19).