Postdoctoral Associate, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cornell University

Frank Edwards is a postdoctoral associate at the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University and an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, Newark. His work focuses on how systems of social control produce and reinforce inequality, and explores how politics, policy feedbacks, and social structures affect the relationships between families and the state. His recent and ongoing work examines the interactions of child welfare, criminal justice, and welfare state systems; the causes of entrenched racial inequalities in child welfare system involvement; the geographic distribution of police violence; and the causes and consequences of local governments' dependence on revenues from the criminal justice system.

His work has appeared or is forthcoming American Sociological Review, The American Journal of Public Health, Annual Review of Criminology, Children and Youth Services Review, The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, and other outlets.


  • –present
    Edwards, Cornell University


  • 2017 
    University of Washington, PhD, Sociology