Jasmin Sandelson


Jasmin Aviva Sandelson is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Justice Lab. She works on the Rikers Island Longitudinal Study (RILS), a multi-method research project that collects and analyzes data from criminal defendants at risk of jail incarceration. The project will generate research evidence to inform the policy process of reducing New York’s jail population.

Jasmin earned a PhD in sociology from Harvard University, where she studied the transition to adulthood among marginalized young people. Her book, forthcoming with Princeton University Press, shows how peer support is an overlooked but critical factor promoting well-being among poor teenagers. Drawing on fieldwork conducted over four years with teen girls in Boston-area housing projects, she reveals how adolescent friendships mitigated some of poverty’s hardships. Jasmin also spent two years studying low income, rent-stabilized tenants in New York City facing landlord harassment, and contributed field research to Robert Putnam’s “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.” She has a BA in sociology from Cambridge University.