Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Law
Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz
2389 Social Ecology II
Criminology, Law and Society
law and society; psychology and law; criminal procedure in practice; punishment and society; race, institutional bias, and criminal justice
Mona Lynch’s research and writing focuses on the social, psychological, and cultural dynamics of contemporary criminal adjudication and punishment processes, including how those processes produce inequalities. She uses multiple methodological approaches, including experiments, survey, ethnographic field methods, and archival and other social artifactual analysis to explore research questions of interest.
Her most recent book, Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court was awarded the 2017 Michael J. Hindelang Award by the American Society of Criminology. You can access several of her papers on SSRN at: http://ssrn.com/author=1101432
She co-directs the Center in Law, Society and Culture at UCI, and serves as chair of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society.