Sociologist & Berkeley PhD Graduate, Dr. Jennifer Carlson receives MacArthur "Genius" Award

Professor Jennifer Carlson is a recipient of this year's MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship Award


"Jennifer Carlson is a sociologist reconfiguring our understanding of gun culture in the United States. Through ethnographic research with gun owners, educators, and sellers; law enforcement; and state licensing bodies, Carlson investigates the motivations and assumptions that drive gun culture."


"Jennifer Carlson received a BA (2004) from Dartmouth College and a PhD (2013) from the University of California at Berkeley. She was an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto (2013–2016) prior to joining the faculty of the University of Arizona in 2016, where she is currently an associate professor in the School of Sociology and the School of Government and Public Policy. Carlson is co-editor of Gun Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics, Policy and Practice (2018) and The Social Life of Gender (2018), and her articles have appeared in such academic journals as the American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, and Gender and Society, among other publications."

- MacArthur Fellows Program Page