Jamie Longazel

Jamie Longazel

Associate Professor
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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. In 2011, he received a PhD in sociology from the University of Delaware after completing a Law and Social Science Doctoral Fellowship at the American Bar Foundation. 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 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. His recent book Undocumented Fears: Immigration and the Politics of Divide and Conquer in Hazleton, Pennsylvania (2016, Temple University Press) 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 more than a dozen journal articles in outlets such as Law & Society ReviewLaw & Social InquiryPunishment & Society, and Theoretical Criminology.

A scholar-activist, Longazel is the founder of Anthracite Unite, a collective working on racial and economic justice in northeastern 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)

Scholarly Work


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 (Selected)

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

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



Area of Expertise

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Racial & Social Justice
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