Sabrina M. Dycus
J.D. (Yale Law School)
M.P.A. (Kennedy School of Government)
Ph.D. Student in Sociology (New York University)
Research Interests: Law and society, sociology of knowledge, social theory
I am a Ph.D. student in sociology at New York University. My primary interests are in law and society, sociology of knowledge, and social theory. Before beginning my doctoral program, I received a J.D. from Yale Law School and an M.P.A. from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. I graduated with a B.A. in Afroamerican and African Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Phi Beta Kappa and with Honors and High Distinction. (Go Blue!)
My dissertation research uses qualitative methods to explore immigration removal proceedings as sites of state social control. I also use quantitative causal inference techniques to examine how videoconference technology ("VTC") impacts immigration court proceedings. My other research includes an interview and survey study of how people who are incarcerated access and use legal knowledge. Additionally, I collaborate with Lynne Haney and Chelsea Daniels on a mixed methods, multi-state research project on the legal pathways through which parents become incarcerated for child support debt.
Dissertation Research: Immigration Removal Hearings
My dissertation research focuses on the immigration court process. As part of my research, I am interested in speaking with people all over the United States (attorneys, immigration judges, interpreters, people undergoing/who have undergone removal hearings, friends and family members) about their experiences with the immigration court system. Study participants must be 18 years or older, must be able to converse in English, and cannot currently be detained by ICE. This research project has been approved by the NYU Institutional Review Board.
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