MSc, the London School of Economics and Political Science, 2010
MA, the University of Washington, 2016
PhD, The University of Washington, 2021
O’Neill, Kate K., Tyler Smith, and Ian Kennedy. 2022. “County Dependence on Monetary Sanctions: Implications for Women’s Incarceration.” in RSF: Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences. State Monetary Sanctions and the Costs of the Criminal Legal System, edited by A. Harris, M. Pattillo, and B. Sykes.
O’Neill, Kate K., Ian Kennedy, and Alexes Harris. 2021. “Debtors’ Blocks: How Monetary Sanctions Make Between Neighborhood Racial and Economic Inequalities Worse.” The Sociology of Race & Ethnicity. 8(1): 43-61.
Leverso, John, and Kate K. O’Neill. 2021. “Gang Membership and Victimization: How Gangs Facilitate Violent Victimization of Their Members.” Deviant Behavior.
O’Neill, Kate K. 2020. “The Adolescent Empathy Paradox and Juvenile Offending: Why Sex Differences in Empathic Ability Can Help Explain the Gender Gap in Juvenile Offending.” Feminist Criminology. 15(4): 410-437.
Matsueda, Ross L., Kate K. O’Neill, and Derek A. Kreager. 2020. “Embeddedness, Reflected Appraisals, and Deterrence: A Symbolic Interactionist Theory of Adolescent Theft.” in Symbolic Interaction: Deepening Foundations; Building Bridges, edited by R. Stryker, R. Serpe, and B. Powell. Springer.
O'Neill, Kate K. 2021. "Giving Students the Floor." Assignment published in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC: American Sociological Association. (http://trails.asanet.org)
O'Neill, Kate K. "Women in the Social Structure." Syllabus published in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC: American Sociological Association. (http://trails.asanet.org)
A three chapter dissertation on long-term continuities in behavior and preference as predicted by the sex composition of childhood and adolescent peer groups. Using longitudinal data, this project examines how timing of entrance and time spent in same- versus mixed-sex peer groups throughout the life course influences delinquency; offending; and early-career choices among young adults.
Space, Race, Gender, and Legal Debt
Ongoing Research Project (Dr. Alexes Harris, PI)
This work-in-progress examines how race and gender dynamics intersect to produce spatial patterns in the disbursement of monetary sanctions and the incarceration, surveillance, and policing of women. I combine insight from my work on how and why county dependence on monetary sanctions as a source of revenue is especially injurious for women and how legal debt reproduces poverty in race-class subjugated neighborhoods to better understand the scope of women's legal financial burden.
Girls in Gangs Online
Working Paper (Dr. John Leverso, co-author)
This research uses restricted Facebook data from gang-affiliated groups and accounts to examine how girls and women reproduce and challenge gang culture and dynamics. We examine the role of women and girls as both passive instruments used by male gang members to reinforce masculine gang identities, and as self-aware actors who police the boundaries of gang womanhood.
Recent features on my public-facing research
Counties That Rely on the Courts for Revenue Sentence More Women to Incarceration
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