Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice
Aaron Gottlieb’s research employs quantitative methods to examine the structural determinants of criminal legal involvement, the consequences of criminal legal involvement, and the implications of criminal legal change. He is currently serving as principal investigator of the Resource Reallocation Lab, a project funded by the Joyce Foundation, which will document how local governments in populous Great Lakes counties choose to spend their resources, as well as the implications of these funding decisions for gun violence and other outcomes.
His scholarship has been published in a wide range of academic journals across disciplines including social work, criminology, sociology, public health, and the law. His article “The Legacy of Slavery and Mass Incarceration: Evidence from Felony Case Outcomes Today” received the 2022 Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize from Social Service Review. His research has also been cited by numerous media outlets, including The New York Times and The Atlantic.
Gottlieb earned a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and a PhD in sociology from Princeton University. Most recently, he was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work.