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Susila Gurusami

CLJ Faculty

Criminology, Law, and Justice


Building & Room:

4060A BSB


Assistant Professor

Dr. Gurusami is a sociologist of race, gender, punishment, and labor, with particular interests in carceral governance. She received her PhD in sociology from UCLA in 2017 and is a former University of California Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow. Her work has been published in Gender & Society, Social Problems, and Punishment and Society. Recognition for this scholarship include funding and awards from the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network. She is currently writing a book manuscript titled Making it Home: Race, Gender, and Carceral Migration.

Selected Publications

Gurusami, Susila. 2019. “ Motherwork Under the State: The Maternal Labor of Formerly
Incarcerated Black Women .” Social Problems 66 (1): Pages 128–143.

Gurusami, Susila. 2018. “The Carceral Web We Weave: Carceral Citizens’ Experiences of Digital Punishment and Solidarity.” Punishment and Society.

Gurusami, Susila. 2017. “Working for Redemption: Formerly Incarcerated Black Women and Punishment in the Labor Market.” Gender & Society 31(4):433–56 [lead article].

Solicited Book Reviews
Gurusami, Susila. Forthcoming. “Review of The Grind: Black Women and Survival in the Inner City, by Alexis S. McCurn,” Contemporary Sociology.

TED-X style lecture
2015 “‘I Came Back to Life’: Women in Los Angeles after Incarceration,” UCLA Dissertation Launchpad Showcase, Los Angeles, CA, March 13

Notable Honors

2019, Arlene Kaplan Daniels Paper Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems

2019, Alternate and Honorable Mention, NASEM Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship,

2018, Fellow, Summer Research Institute, Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network, Rutgers University

2018, Cheryl Allyn Miller Award, Sociologists for Women in Society

2018, Distinguished Article Award, Honorable Mention, ASA Section on Race, Gender, and Class

2018, Distinguished Article Award, Honorable Mention, ASA Section on Sex and Gender

2017, James E. Blackwell Graduate Student Paper Award, ASA Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities

2017, Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Riverside

2016, Fellow, Dissertation Year Award, UCLA

2016, Fellow, Paula Stone Legal Research Dissertation Award, Center for the Study of Women, UCLA