Forrest Stuart

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology and the College

Forrest Stuart’s research engages a fundamental and pressing concern for both sociologists and criminologists: how authorities attempt to more effectively control marginal social groups and how those populations counteract and even resist such efforts. This theoretical agenda has resulted in three major research projects. The first investigates the role of policing, criminal justice, and social welfare in the lives of marginalized and stigmatized urban communities. The second examines the unexpected resilience of the labor movement in Los Angeles. The third centers more explicitly on theory and methodology, exploring new ways of studying and thinking about urban poverty and crime.

Stuart’s current book project is an in-depth ethnography of Los Angeles’ Skid Row district, an area long regarded as the “homeless capital of America.” Examining the interactions between police officers and the neighborhood’s inhabitants, he documents the emergence of a new model of urban social control that combines both rehabilitative and punitive interventions, what he terms “therapeutic policing.”

Stuart received PhD and MA degrees in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (2012), an MS in justice, law, and society from American University (2006), and a BA in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2004).

Stuart joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.