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Sociology Faculty

Cox, Alexandra

Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge in 2012.
BA, Yale University, 2001

Assistant Professor

Department: Sociology
Office: JFT 512
Phone: (845) 257-3756

Office Hours

T02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
F02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Career History

Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Alexandra worked as a researcher at the American Civil Liberties Union's Drug Policy Litigation Project, then at the Drug Policy Alliance's Office of Legal Affairs, in San Francisco, where she also volunteered at the Alameda County syringe exchange. She went on to work as a mitigation specialist at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, a community-based public defender's office in New York City.

Research/Creative Activity

For her dissertation research, Alexandra spent a year following the lives of approximately 40 teenagers who spent time in New York's juvenile justice system.

Awards, Honors & Recognition

Gates Cambridge scholarship, which is given to students with leadership potential who are committed to improving the lives of others.

In 2010, Alexandra was awarded a Soros Justice Advocacy fellowship to conduct an action research project aimed at understanding staff resistance to juvenile justice reform.


‘Trapped in a Vise: The Pernicious Consequences of Confinement for Young People’ (book manuscript, working title, under contract with Rutgers University Press)

2014 ‘Brain Science and Juvenile Justice: Questions for Policy and Practice’ in Juvenile Justice Sourcebook: Past Present and Future, New York: Oxford University Press (2nd Edition)

2014 Review essay on Abrams, L. and Anderson-Nathe, B. Compassionate Confinement: A Year in the Life of Unit C, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, in Qualitative Social Work

2013 ‘New Visions of Social Control? Young People’s Perceptions of Community Penalties,’ Journal of Youth Studies, 16 (1)

2012 Book chapter, ‘Anchoring Identity: The Construction of Self For and By Young Offenders in England and the USA’ Youth Matters: Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth: Policy and Practice, Cambridge: Policy Press.

2012 Book chapter (with Loraine Gelsthorpe) ‘Creative Encounters in Prisons’ in Cheliotis, L. (editor) The Arts of Imprisonment: Essays on Control, Resistance and Empowerment, Aldershot: Ashgate.

2011 ‘Doing the Programme or Doing Me? The Pains of Youth Imprisonment,‘ Punishment & Society, 13(5)

2009 ‘Rooting Respect: Young People’s Perspectives on Respect, Responsibility and Government in the Criminal Courts,’ Childhoods Today, 3(1)

Opinion Pieces

2013 ‘Youth Justice Reforms Affect Adults Too,’ Huffington Post (October 13)
2012 ‘Juvenile Justice Reform Leaves Teens Behind,’ City Limits Magazine (July 31)
2011 ‘Prisons: An unsustainable jobs program,’ Open Society Foundations blog (October 17)
2011 ‘Charter-style Juvenile Justice?’ The Huffington Post (February 8)
2010 ‘Defending Juvenile Justice’ The Huffington Post (October 20)
2010 ‘The Mayor’s Cause?’ The Huffington Post (September 14)
2009 ‘Why Brain Science is Bad for Juvenile Justice’ The Huffington Post (November 23)

Committee Memberships & Professional Organizations

Board member, Literacy for Incarcerated Teens
Member, New York City's Juvenile Justice Oversight Board

Link to CV