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. 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. 

Broadly, her research interests include corrections, causal inference, longitudinal patterns of criminal justice contact, and methodological advances in Criminology and Criminal Justice. One of the major concentrations in her research portfolio is to examine the ways that prison policy shapes individual outcomes both during incarceration and post-release. She is co-principal investigator on a grant to fund the first experimental evaluation of higher education in prison. Her work has been published in Criminology and Public Policy, The Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and The Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Areas of Interest

  • Corrections, Causal Inference, Criminal Careers, Economics of Crime


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley - Public Policy, 2013
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley - Public Policy, 2009
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    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."

Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
CCJS200 Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice Spring 2022 Syllabus
CCJS620 Fundamentals of Criminological Research Fall 2019 Syllabus

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