Sarah Tahamont is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Tahamont received her Ph.D. from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley in 2013, where she also received a Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) in 2009. Her dissertation uses applied econometric methods to identify the causal relationship between correctional policies and prison misconduct. During her time in the Bay Area, she also served on the faculty of the Prison University Project teaching Statistics, Algebra, Developmental Math and Developmental Composition in San Quentin State Prison.
Prior to joining the faculty at UMD, Dr. Tahamont was a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Criminal Justice and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY and an Embedded Scholar in the Office of Justice Research and Performance at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). During her tenure as post-doc, she worked on several research collaborations with the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision including an investigation of pathways to prison and an evaluation of prison visitation. Her research primarily focuses on estimating the effects of criminal sanctions on individual outcomes with a particular emphasis on corrections. Her research has been published in Criminology and Public Policy, The Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and The Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
- Corrections, Causal Inference, Criminal Careers, Economics of Crime
- PhD Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley - Public Policy, 2013
- MPP Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley - Public Policy, 2009
- BA Vassar College - History, Women's Studies, Italian, 2004
CCJS 620 - Fundamentals of Criminological Research
First semester in a three semester sequence of statistical methods courses for incoming graduate students.
CCJS452 - The Treatment of Criminals and Delinquents
Course for upper division undergraduates.
This course will examine topics related to the treatment of juveniles and adults at various stages in the U.S. criminal justice system. Although we will cover a number of topics throughout the semester, this course is designed to focus on specific topics as opposed to being an exhaustive survey. The U.S. criminal justice system is molded and shaped by policymakers, throughout the semester we will explore the implications of these policy choices for those individuals who are “caught up in the system.”
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice