Aaron Gottlieb's research employs quantitative methods to examine: 1) The structural determinants of criminal legal involvement; 2) The consequences of criminal legal involvement; and 3) The implications of criminal legal change. The overarching goal of this agenda is to build rigorous evidence that supports efforts to reimagine public safety in an equitable way.
Aaron’s past scholarship has been published in a wide range of journals across disciplines including social work, criminology, sociology, public health, and the law. His article, “The Legacy of Slavery and Mass Incarceration: Evidence from Felony Case Outcomes Today,” received the 2022 Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize from Social Service Review. Aaron is currently serving as the Principal Investigator of the Resource Reallocation Lab, a project funded by the Joyce Foundation. The Resource Reallocation Lab will document between and within county differences in how the local governments in populous Great Lakes counties choose to spend their resources, as well as the implications of these funding decisions for gun violence and other outcomes.
Charles, P., Muentner, L., Gottlieb, A., & Eddy, M. J. (In Press). Parent-Child Contact during Incarceration: Predictors of Involvement among Resident and Non-Resident Parents Following Release from Prison. Social Service Review.
Gottlieb, A., Mathias, B., Berry, M., Flynn, K., & Wilson, R. (in press). Does the State Impact Hope? The Impact of Direct and Vicarious Police Contact on the Optimism of Youth in Large Cities. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.
Lea, C. H., Mohr, G., McCarter, S. A., Coughlin, S. B., Gottlieb, A., Partlow, B. S., Mathews, K. S., & McLeod, B. A. (in Press). Promote Smart Decarceration and Eliminate Racism Grand Challenges for Social Work: Reimagining Marijuana Policy. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.
Gottlieb, A. (2022). The Unwarranted Disparity Statement: A New Tool to Reduce Disparities in Post-Arrest Case Outcomes. UCLA Criminal Justice Law Review, 108-134.
Gottlieb, A., & Mahabir, M. (2022). Incorporating Gender into Smart Decarceration. Social Work, 67, 155-164.
Gottlieb, A. (2021). Making Gideon Count? Public Defender Resources and Felony Case Outcomes for Black, White, and Latinx Individuals. Race and Justice. https://doi.org/10.1177/21533687211006456
Gottlieb, A. & Mahabir, M. (2021). The Effect of Multiple Types of Intimate Partner Violence on Maternal Criminal Justice Involvement. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36, 6797–6820 https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260518820705
Gottlieb, A. & Flynn, K. (2021). The Legacy of Slavery and Mass Incarceration: Evidence from Felony Case Outcomes Today. Social Service Review, 95, 3-35. (Lead Article).
Gottlieb, A., & Arnold, K. (2021). The Effect of Public Defender and Support Staff Caseloads on the Incarceration of Felony Defendants. Journal of Society for Social Work and Research, 12, 569-589.
Gottlieb, A., Charles, P., McLeod, B. A., Kjellstrand, J., & Bonsu, J. (2021). Were California’s Decarceration Efforts Smart? A Quasi-Experimental Examination of Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 48(1), 116-134.
Jacobs, L., & Gottlieb, A. (2020). Housing Circumstances as Recidivism Risk Factors for Probationers. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 47, 1097-115.
Farrell, C., & Gottlieb, A. (2020). The Effect of Health Insurance on Healthcare Utilization in the Justice- Involved Population, 2014-2016. American Journal of Public Health, 110, S78-S84.
Gottlieb, A., McLeod, B. A, & Barutell, K. (2020). The Impact of Health Insurance on Problematic Substance Use among Justice-Involved Individuals. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 59, 81-97.
Gottlieb, A. & Wilson, R (2019). The Effect of Direct and Vicarious Police Contact on the Educational Achievement of Urban Teens. Children and Youth Services Review, 103, 190-199.
Gottlieb, A., & Sugie, N. F. (2019). Marriage, Cohabitation, and Crime: Differentiating Associations by Partnership Stage. Justice Quarterly, 36, 503-531.
Gottlieb, A., & Moose, J. W. (2018). The Effect of Eviction on Maternal Criminal Justice Involvement. Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, 4, 1-12.
McLeod, B. A., & Gottlieb, A. (2018). Examining the Relationship between Incarceration and Child Support Arrears among Low-Income Fathers. Children & Youth Services Review, 94, 1-9.
Gottlieb, A. (2017). Incarceration and Relative Poverty in Cross-National Perspective: The Moderating Roles of Female Employment and the Welfare State. Social Service Review, 91(2), 293-318.
Gottlieb, A. (2017). The Impact of Messaging on Public Attitudes towards Criminal Justice Reform for Nonviolent Offenses. Crime & Delinquency, 63(5), 636-656.
Gottlieb, A. (2016). Household Incarceration in Early Adolescence and the Risk of Premarital First Birth. Children and Youth Services Review, 61, 126-134.
Gottlieb, A., Pilkauskas, N. V., & Garfinkel, I. (2014). Private Financial Transfers, Family Income, and the Great Recession. Journal of Marriage and Family, 76(5), 1011-1024.
Aaron Gottlieb is an Assistant Professor in the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice.
In addition to being published in a wide range of academic journals, Aaron’s research has been cited in a number of media outlets, including the New York Times and the Atlantic. Outside the classroom, Aaron has worked to promote criminal legal change: He was appointed by the Mayor’s office to Chicago’s Police Use of Force Work Group and worked with community groups across Chicago to help pass the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance.