This is John Sutton's home page.

He is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He teaches and does research on law, crime and punishment, and organizations. His research tends to be concerned with change over time in legal systems, organizational structures and practices, and institutional fields.

More information is available on his cv.

You can call him at 805-893-2763, or send him a fax at 805-893-3324.

Or send him an email by clicking here.

His snail mail address is: Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9430.

You can download reprints of some of his published articles and unpublished papers.

Some code and datasets for published work can be downloaded here.

You can also learn about his courses.

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These are the reprints:

John R. Sutton. 2013. "The Transformation of Prison Regimes in Late Capitalist Societies." American Journal of Sociology 119:715-746.

John R. Sutton. 2013. "Structural Bias in the Sentencing of Felony Defendants." Social Science Research 42:1207-21.

John R. Sutton. 2013. "Symbol and Substance: Impacts of California's Three Strikes Law on Felony Sentencing." Law & Society Review 47:37-71.

John R. Sutton. 2012. "Imprisonment and Opportunity Structures: A Bayesian Hierarchical Analysis." European Sociological Review 28: 12-27.

John R. Sutton. 2004. “The Political Economy of Imprisonment in Affluent Western Democracies, 1960-1990.” American Sociological Review 69: 170-189.

Mark Chaves and John R. Sutton. 2004. “Organizational Consolidation in American Protestant Denominations, 1890-1990.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 43: 51-66. (See below for data and documentation.)

John R. Sutton and Mark Chaves. 2004. “Explaining Schisms in American Protestant Denominations, 1890-1990.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 43: 171-90. (See below for data and documentation.)

John R. Sutton. 2000. “Imprisonment and Social Classification in Five Common-Law Democracies, 1955-1985.” American Journal of Sociology 106: 350-386.

Frank Dobbin and John R. Sutton. 1998. “The Strength of the Weak State: The Employment Rights Revolution and the Rise of Human Resource Management Divisions.” American Journal of Sociology 104: 441-476.

John R. Sutton and Frank Dobbin. 1996. “The Two Faces of Governance: Responses to Legal Uncertainty in American Firms, 1955-1985.” American Sociological Review 61: 794-811.

John R. Sutton, Frank Dobbin, John W. Meyer, and W. Richard Scott. 1994. “The Legalization of the Workplace.” American Journal of Sociology 99: 944-971.

Frank Dobbin, John R. Sutton, John W. Meyer, and W. Richard Scott. 1993. “Equal Opportunity Law and the Construction of Internal Labor Markets.” American Journal of Sociology 99: 396-427.

John R. Sutton. 1991. “The Political Economy of Madness: The Expansion ofhe Asylum in Progressive America.” American Sociological Review 56: 665-678.

John R. Sutton. 1990. “Bureaucrats and Entrepreneurs: Institutional Responses to Deviant Children in the U.S., 1890-1920s.” American Journal of Sociology 95: 1367-1400.

Gary G. Hamilton and John R. Sutton. 1989. “The Problem of Control in the Weak State: Domination in the U.S., 1880-1920.” Theory and Society 18: 1-46.

John R. Sutton. 1987. “Doing Time: Dynamics of Imprisonment in the Reformist State.” American Sociological Review 52: 612-630.

John R. Sutton. 1984. “Organizational Autonomy and Professional Norms in Science: A Case Study of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.” Social Studies of Science 14: 197-224.



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Here are data sets and programs associated with some projects:

Schisms and mergers in American Protestant denominations: this link will download a zipped folder containing the full dataset (in Stata format), codebook, and listing of cases used in Sutton & Chaves (JSSR 2004) and Chaves & Sutton (JSSR 2004).

For some recently published articles using Bayesian estimation, the following links allow you to download zipped folders containing R and WinBUGS code and related datasets.

"Imprisonment and Opportunity Structures," ESR 2012:

"Symbol and Substance," Law & Society Review 2013:

"Structural Bias," Social Science Research 2013: (wait for it...)


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Here is an unpublished paper:

Things You Can Say When You're Tenured: Reflections on the Relationship of Sociology to Criminology, and Vice-Versa (2006)


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This is where you find out about his courses:

Soc 167: Organizations (syllabus)

Soc 170: Sociology of Deviant Behavior (syllabus)

Soc 172: Sociology of Crime and Punishment (syllabus)

Soc 173: Sociology of Law (syllabus)

Soc 203: Logics of Inquiry (syllabus)

Soc 239: Seminar in the Sociology of Law (syllabus)

Soc 272: Race, Crime, & Punishment (syllabus)

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