Published on May 2, 2014
Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University- 20th Anniversary-Closing Remarks
November 1, 2014
Columbia University's Faculty House
Carla Shedd is Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Columbia University.
Shedd received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in June 2006 and her A.B. in Economics and African American Studies from Smith College.
Her research and teaching interests focus on: crime and criminal justice; race and ethnicity; law and society; social inequality; and urban sociology. Shedd is passionate about illuminating the plight of urban adolescents who each day confronts the paradoxes of: a school system that can work to educate or criminalize them; a police department that can work to protect or harass them; and a justice system that can work to rehabilitate or damage them further.
Shedd is currently finishing her first book, Arresting Development: Race, Place, and the End of Adolescence, which focuses on the city of Chicago. Centrally, the book examines the two institutions that prominently shape the lives of urban youth: the public school system and the criminal justice system. It also highlights the racially stratified social and physical terrain youth traverse between home and school. Shedd's exploration of the "carceral continuum" is extended in her new project analyzing the myriad legal and extra-legal attributes that impact juvenile justice processing and dispositions in New York City.
Shedd has been published in various academic journals and edited book volumes. She has also received numerous competitive fellowships and grants from the Russell Sage Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the National Consortium on Violence Research, Columbia University, and Northwestern University.