Clare Strange

PA Commission on Sentencing Postdoctoral Scholar

404 Oswald Tower

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: (814) 863-1140

Curriculum Vitae:


Clare Strange is a Postdoctoral Scholar for the Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC). In this role she works on projects of interest to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing (PCS), with a particular focus on racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system. Additionally, Clare implements her own research agenda independently and through collaborations with CJRC and faculty members from the Department of Sociology and Criminology.

Clare received her MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College (2013) and her PhD from the University of Cincinnati School of Criminal Justice (2021). She recently completed a Doctoral Fellowship under Dr. Sheetal Ranjan (William Paterson University), evaluating Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s first hospital-based violence intervention program (HVIP).

Drawing upon her early career experiences as a reentry social worker, Clare’s scholarly interests center on sentencing and corrections and include: (1) the drivers of criminal justice actor decision-making and their implications for punishment and treatment outcomes; (2) justice process and treatment experiences and their contributions to recidivism and health outcomes; and (3) developing, disseminating, and evaluating evidence-based correctional tools. At its core, Clare’s research aims to uncover and address the mechanisms that hinder the impartial or effective nature of punishment or treatment interventions with current or formerly justice-involved people. Through her research endeavors Clare has experience designing and conducting quantitative analyses using large administrative data sets and qualitative analyses using interview and focus group data.