Allison McKim

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Primary Academic Program: Sociology

Academic Program Affiliation(s): American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Academic Expertise: Sociology


B.A., Barnard College; M.A., Ph.D., New York University. Specialization in gender; punishment and social control; deviance and criminology; sociology of law; drug policy; the welfare state; and ethnographic research methods. Her current research focuses on how gender, race, and class shape approaches to addiction and crime in the United States. This work has appeared in the journals Gender & Society and Signs. She presents regularly at the annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology and the American Sociological Association. At Bard since 2010.


  • Research Interests: Recent patterns in American crime control and punishment; intersections of race, class, and gender; attempts to regulate and normalize women;; the construction and treatment of addiction; the welfare state; gender inequality; the governance of health; ethnographic methods
  • Teaching Interests: Sociology of gender; sexualities; deviance and social control; sociology of punishment; political sociology; the self and subjectivity; introduction to sociology; sociological theory; drugs and society; and qualitative research methods


Phone: 845-758-7899
Location: Seymour
Office: 302