Jamie Longazel

Jamie Longazel

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Ph.D., University of Delaware (2011, Sociology)

M.A., University of Delaware (2007, Sociology)

B.A., Bloomsburg University (2005, Criminal Justice)


Jamie Longazel grew up in a working-class, former coalmining community in Pennsylvania. He received a PhD in sociology from the University of Delaware in 2011 after completing a Law and Social Science Doctoral Fellowship at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago. From 2011-2017, he was Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Dayton. Currently, he is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at John Jay College, where he teaches courses in the Law & Society major. He is also affiliated with the International Migration Studies program at the CUNY Graduate Center and has taught in John Jay's Prison-to-College Pipeline program.

Longazel's research examines issues of race and political economy, typically within the context of immigration. He is the co-editor (with Miranda Cady Hallett) of Migration and Mortality: Social Death, Dispossession, and Survival in the Americas (Temple University Press, 2021). His previous book, Undocumented Fears: Immigration and the Politics of Divide and Conquer in Hazleton, Pennsylvania (Temple University Press, 2016) won the North Central Sociological Association’s 2017 Scholarly Achievement Award. He is also the co-author (with Benjamin Fleury-Steiner) of The Pains of Mass Imprisonment (2014, Routledge), and has published in outlets such as Race & Class, Law & Society ReviewLaw & Social InquiryPunishment & Society, and Theoretical Criminology.  

A scholar-activist, Longazel is the co-founder of Anthracite Unite, a collective working on racial and economic justice in Northeast Pennsylvania. He is also a member of The Social Anatomy of a Deportation Regime research working group. 

JJC Affiliations

Law & Society Major; Department of Political Science

Course Taught

LWS 200: Introduction to Law & Society

LWS 225: Introduction to Research in Law & Society

LWS 425: Colloquium for Research in Law & Society

SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology (Otisville Correctional Facility) 

IMS 702: Migration Policy (CUNY Graduate Center)

IMS 711: Research Methods in International Migration (CUNY Graduate Center)

Scholarly Work


Longazel, Jamie and Miranda Cady Hallett (eds.)(2021). Migration and Mortality: Social Death, Dispossession, and Survival in the Americas. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Longazel, Jamie (2016). Undocumented Fears: Immigration and the Politics of Divide and Conquer in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Fleury-Steiner, Benjamin and Jamie Longazel (2014). The Pains of Mass Imprisonment. New York: Routledge.  

Articles and Chapters (Selected)

Longazel, Jamie (2021). "'Blue Lives Matter' and the Legacy of Blackface Minstrelsy" Race & Class 63(1): 91-106.

Longazel, Jamie (2021). "Angels of Denial: White Injury, Racial Transposition, and the U.S. Politics of Family Separation" Migration Letters 18(5): 563-571.

Longazel, Jamie (2018). "Releiving the Tension: Lay Immigration Lawyering and the Management of Legal Violence" Law & Society Review 52(4): 902-927.

Longazel, Jamie (2018). “Racing the Oven Bird: Criminalization, Rightlessness, and the Politics of Immigration.” Pp. 161-180 in Insiders, Outsiders, Injuries, & Law: Revisiting “The Oven Bird’s Song, edited by Mary Nell Trautner. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Majka, Theo and Jamie Longazel (2017). “Becoming Welcoming: Organizational Collaboration and Immigrant Integration in Dayton, OhioPublic Integrity 19(2): 151-163.

Longazel, Jamie, Jake Berman, and Benjamin Fleury-Steiner (2016). “The Pains of Immigrant ImprisonmentSociology Compass 10: 989-998.

Fleury-Steiner, Benjamin, Paul Kaplan, and Jamie Longazel (2015). “Racist Localisms and the Enduring Cultural Life of America’s Death Penalty: Lessons from Maricopa County, Arizona.” Studies in Law, Politics, and Society 66: 63-85.

Longazel, Jamie (2014). “Rhetorical Barriers to Mobilizing for Immigrant Rights: White Innocence and Latina/o Abstraction.” Law & Social Inquiry 39(3): 580-600.

Longazel, Jamie and Benjamin Fleury-Steiner (2013). “Beware of Notarios: Neoliberal Governance of Immigrants as Crime Victims.” Theoretical Criminology 17(3): 359-376.

Longazel, Jamie (2013). “Moral Panic as Racial Degradation Ceremony: Racial Stratification and the Local-Level Backlash against Latino/a Immigrants.” Punishment & Society 15(1): 96-119.

Longazel, Jamie (2013). “Subordinating Myth: Latino/a Immigration, Crime, and Exclusion.” Sociology Compass 7(2): 87-96.

Longazel, Jamie, Laurin S. Parker, and Ivan Y. Sun (2011). “Experiencing Court, Experiencing Race: Perceived Procedural Injustice among Court Users.” Race & Justice 1(2): 202-227.

Longazel, Jamie and Benjamin Fleury-Steiner (2011). “Exploiting Borders: The Political Economy of Local Backlash Against Undocumented Immigrants.” Chicana/o Latina/o Law Review 30:43-64.

Fleury-Steiner, Benjamin and Jamie Longazel (2010). “Neoliberalism, Community Development, and Anti-Immigrant Backlash in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.” Pp. 157-172 in Taking Local Control: Immigration Policy Activism in U.S. Cities and States, edited by Monica Varsanyi. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.


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Racial & Social Justice
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