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Julian Thompson

CLJ Faculty

Assistant Professor

Criminology, Law, and Justice


Building & Room:

4060C BSB


Dr. Julian Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, & Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests revolve around three distinct areas of concern: 1) how carceral formations affect and shape the life outcomes of system-impacted groups, 2) the social, political, legal, and moral conditions and consequences of violence and violence governance, and 3) ideas, methods, and efforts geared towards decarceration and public safety.

Dr. Thompson centers race and justice in all his work. His current projects include: 1) an examination of mental health courts and community mental health organizations that exercise therapeutic care, coercion, and punishment to reduce criminal legal involvement for people with psychiatric labels; 2) an examination of victimization, victim services, and state constructions of victimhood to understand the experiences of survivors and criminalized survivors; and 3) abolitionist thought and practice as part of a radical political imaginary that seeks justice and equity beyond state control and intervention.

Trained as a qualitative researcher, he has a PhD in Social Welfare from the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice at the University of Chicago, a Master of Arts in Sociology from DePaul University, and a Bachelor of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago.


BSW, Loyola University at Chicago
MA Sociology, DePaul University
PhD Social Welfare, University of Chicago