I research gun ownership and how the criminal justice system interacts with inequality. I use preregistered experiments (forced-choice conjoint and vignette), longitudinal designs (smartphone-delivered surveys), semi-structured interviews, participant observation, and topic modeling. I teach research methods and how to critically analyze crime policy (syllabus).
My active projects include:
- Reconsidering causal theories of neoliberalism - SSSP conference paper here - Received the 2023 Society for the Study of Social Problems Theory Division Student Paper Award
- Evaluating the Shadow Costs of treatment programs
- Investigating how socioeconomic hardship affects desire for guns
- Assessing how gun ownership affects neighborhood socialization
Sola, Justin L. and Charis E. Kubrin. 2023. “Making the Call: How Does Perceived Race Affect Desire to Call the Police?” Experimental Criminology (Online First). Received the 2023 American Society of Criminology Experimental Division Student Paper Award
Sykes, B., …. & Sola, J. 2022. “Barred: Labor Market Dynamics and Human Capital Development Among People on Probation and Parole.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (Volume 701 Issue 1: 28-45).
Sykes, B., …. & Sola, J. 2022. “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: Public Assistance, Monetary Sanctions, and Financial Double-Dealing in America.” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences (Volume 8 Issue 1: 148-178).
Sola, Justin L. 2021. “Transmitting Desire: An Experiment on a Novel Measure of Gun Desirability in a Pandemic.” Sociological Perspectives (Volume 65 Issue 5: 939-969).