Bard Faculty

Allison McKim

Associate Professor of Sociology; Director, Sociology Program

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. Professor McKim specializes in gender, punishment and social control, criminology, deviance, drug policy, the welfare state, and ethnographic research methods. Her new book, Addicted to Rehab: Race, Gender, and Drugs in the Era of Mass Incarceration (Rutgers University Press), is an ethnographic comparison of two drug treatment programs for women, one in the criminal justice system and one outside of the penal state in the health care system. In them she found very different ways of defining and treating addiction. Professor McKim's book reveals that addiction treatment reinforces the race, gender, and class politics of mass incarceration. Her work has also appeared in the journals Gender & Society and Signs. 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