Identifying Racially Discriminatory Federal Judges
Which federal judges are discriminating most severely against Black and Hispanic defendants? Previously available data made it impossible to answer this question because data obscured judges identities. We answer this question using a new, QSIDE-generated dataset and statistical methods that adjust for differences in the defendants that different judges give sentences to.
Christian Michael Smith is a quantitative social scientist with interests in social inequality, policy evaluation, and education. He completed his Ph.D in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is now Visiting Assistant Professor at Berea College.
His research interests include social stratification, poverty, and the sociology of education, especially higher education. He teaches introductory sociology, research methods, social statistics, and an autobiography-driven course on the link between social class and educational experiences.