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Aaron Gottlieb, PhD

Assistant Professor

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Building & Room:

4042 ETMSW

Office Phone:

(312) 996-0409


Professional Interests:

Promoting effective and just criminal justice reform
Promoting effective and just policies to reduce poverty

Teaching Experience:

Socw 420: Policy 1
SocW 531: Policy II Organization and Community Practice
Socw 593: Social Stats and Data Analysis

Selected Publications


Gottlieb, A. & Flynn, K. (2021). The Legacy of Slavery and Mass Incarceration: Evidence from Felony Case Outcomes. Social Service Review, 95(1).

Gottlieb, A. (2021). Making Gideon count? Public defender resources and felony case outcomes for Black, White, and Latinx individuals. Race and Justice.

Jacobs, L. A., & Gottlieb, A. (2020). The Effect of Housing Circumstances on Recidivism: Evidence From a Sample of People on Probation in San Francisco. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 47(9), 1097–1115. doi:

Gottlieb, A., Charles, P., McLeod, B. A., Kjellstrand, J., & Bonsu, J. (2020). Were California’s Decarceration Efforts Smart? A Quasi-Experimental Examination of Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities. Criminal Justice and Behavior. doi:

Farrell, C. M. & Gottlieb, A. (2020). The Effect of Health Insurance on Health Care Utilization in the Justice-Involved Population: United States, 2014–2016. American Journal of Public Health. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.305399

Gottlieb, A., McLeod, B. A., & Barutell, K. F. (2019). The impact of health insurance on problematic substance use among justice-involved individuals. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. doi: 10.1080/10509674.2019.1697785

Gottlieb, A. & Wilson, R. (2019). The effect of direct and vicarious police contact on the educational achievement of urban teens. Children and Youth Services Review. 103, 190-199.

Gottlieb, A. & Mahabir, M. (2019). The Effect of Multiple Types of Intimate Partner Violence on Maternal Criminal Justice Involvement. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260518820705

Gottlieb, A. and Moose, J. W. (2018). The Effect of Eviction on Maternal Criminal Justice Involvement. Socius. 4 (1), 1-12.

McLeod, B. A., & Gottlieb, A. (2018). Examining the relationship between child support arrears and incarceration among low-income nonresident fathers. Children and Youth Services Review. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.09.022

Gottlieb, A. & Sugie, N .F. (2018) Marriage, Cohabitation, and Crime: Differentiating Associations by Partnership Stage, Justice Quarterly, DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2018.1445275

Gottlieb, A. (2017). The Effect of Message Frames on Public Attitudes Toward Criminal Justice Reform for Nonviolent Offenses. Crime & Delinquency, 63, 636-656.

Gottlieb, A. (2017). Incarceration and Relative Poverty in Cross-National Perspective: The Moderating Role of Female Employment Rates and Welfare State Generosity. Social Service Review.

Gottlieb, A. (2016). Household Incarceration in Early Adolescence and the Risk of Premarital First Birth. Children and Youth Services Review, 61, 126-134.

Gottlieb, A., Pilkauskas, N. V., & Garfinkel, Irwin. (2014). Private Financial Transfers, Family Income, and the Great Recession.  Journal of Marriage and Family, 76(5), 1011-1024.

Gottlieb, A., Myhill, W. N., & Blanck, P. 2010. Employment of People with Disabilities. In: JH Stone, M Blouin, editors. International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation.

Book Chapters

Charles, P., Wilson, A. B., McLeod, B. A., Gottlieb, A., & Villodas, M. (2022). Incarcerated parents and their children: Perspectives from the smart decarceration social work grand challenge. In N. Rodriguez & Krysik, J. (Eds.) Children of incarcerated parents: Impact, support, and collaboration, First Edition (pp. 241–256). Springer Publishing Company.

Editorial Reviews

American Journal of Sociology
Children and Youth Services Review
Journal of Marriage and Family
Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research
Sociology Compass


BA, Syracuse University
MS, Columbia University
PhD, Princeton University

Professional Memberships

Society of Social Work Research
American Society of Criminology
Society for the Study of Social Problems
American Sociological Association
Population Association of America

Research Currently in Progress

The causes of criminal justice involvement, the consequences of criminal justice involvement, policy approaches to reducing criminal justice involvement and its consequences