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Ashley Muchow

CLJ Faculty

Criminology, Law, and Justice

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

4014B BSB

CV Download:

Muchow CV 27Sep21

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Muchow’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of social inequality and the role of policy in alleviating or aggravating these disparities. Her work follows three overarching lines of inquiry. The first examines how the modern leveraging of the criminal justice system to control immigration influences criminal justice practice and the welfare of minority communities. Her scholarship has demonstrated a chilling effect of immigration enforcement on community-police engagement, and in ongoing projects she explores the impact of local cooperation in immigrant detention on Latinx criminal justice contact. A second line of inquiry considers the antecedents and impacts of educational and health inequity. Her work has demonstrated the life-saving benefits of early social distancing policies during the COVID-19 pandemic and is undertaking a project that explores whether free community college programs reduce ethnoracial gaps in educational attainment. Her third area of research centers around policing. She is currently evaluating a Los Angeles community policing initiative and is conducting a study examining the relationship between public divestment in mental health services and rates of criminal justice contact in Chicago. Muchow received her PhD in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School in 2019 and her BA in Economics and Finance from Loyola University Chicago.


Selected Publications

Muchow, A. N. and C. Amuedo-Dorantes. (2020). Immigration enforcement awareness and community engagement with police: Evidence from domestic violence calls in Los Angeles. Journal of Urban Economics, 117.

Amuedo-Dorantes, C., Kaushal, N., and A. N. Muchow. (2021). Timing of social distancing policies and COVID-19 mortality: County-level evidence from the U.S. Journal of Population Economics.