Chris Uggen (pronounced You-Gun) is Distinguished McKnight Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. He studies crime, law, and deviance, believing that good science can light the way to a more just and safer world. His writing appears in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Law & Society Review and in media such as the New York Times, The Economist, and NPR. With Jeff Manza, he wrote Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy.
His research, teaching, and advising interests include punishment and reentry, citizenship, substance use, discrimination, and health inequalities. His outreach and engagement projects include editing Contexts Magazine (from 2007-2011) and The Society Pages (with Doug Hartmann) and Public Criminologies (with Michelle Inderbitzin and Sara Wakefield).