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Sarah Becker

Associate Professor
Louisiana State University
United States of America


Dr. Sarah  Becker is a gender and inequality scholar, criminologist, and ethnographer whose work focuses on the processes through which inequalities are enacted, reproduced, and/or challenged in various structural contexts. I use qualitative and quantitative methodologies to study violent crime; sexual victimization; community-based reactions to crime, disorder, and formal/informal policing strategies; and the education of marginalized youth. My work appears in journals such as Women’s Studies International Forum; The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography; Race and Justice; and Feminist Criminology.

Research Interest

My approach to scholarship involves the tight integration of research, teaching, and community-based action. This is reflected in my current primary research agenda: a multi-site collaborative ethnography of community gardens in the Southern United States. Established and sustained with support from various granting agencies and the hard work of many LSU undergraduate/graduate students, the project is now entering its fourth year. My current “side” projects include a peer interview-based study of young people’s understandings of barroom aggression; an analysis of feminist/post-feminist thematics in the Bratz film series for young children; and an ethnographic investigation of the dynamics of cultural education in a Turkish Community Center.


  • Post-feminism for children: feminism ‘repackaged’in the Bratz films S Becker, D Thomas, MR Cope Media, Culture & Society 38 (8), 1218-1235.

  • Influence of detection history and analytic tools on quantifying spatial ecology of a predatory fish in a marine protected area SL Becker, JT Finn, AJ Danylchuk, CG Pollock, Z Hillis-Starr, I Lundgren, ... Marine Ecology Progress Series 562, 147-161.

  • “People Are Enemies to What They Don’t Know” Managing Stigma and Anti-Muslim Stereotypes in a Turkish Community Center C Paul, S Becker Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 46 (2), 135-172.

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