I study how policy institutions produce and reinforce inequality, with a focus on children and families. I treat policy interventions as organizational artifacts rather than as unmediated responses to the incidence of social problems, and explore how politics, policy feedbacks, and social structures affect the relationships between families and the state.

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University and an incoming Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, Newark. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Sociological Review, The American Journal of Public Health, Children and Youth Services Review,  Annual Review of Criminology, and other outlets.

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contact: frank.edwards@rutgers.edu