John Sutton

John Sutton
Professor Emeritus


Organizations, law, crime and punishment, comparative sociology, culture



Ph.D., UC Davis



John Sutton teaches and conducts research in the sociology of law, crime and punishment, and organizations. His recent research has explored how imprisonment is related to a variety of stratification processes in modern Western democracies, including labor markets, educational systems, and social welfare policies. He has recently embarked on a new study focusing on racial inequality, the politics of punishment, and imprisonment trends among California counties over the last 30 years. In other work, he is using network techniques to develop dynamic relational models of legal environments and management regimes among U.S. employers. Sutton’s research has appeared in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Law & Society Review, Theory and Society, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. His books include Stubborn Children, winner of the 1989 C. Wright Mills Award; and Law/Society: Origins, Interactions, and Change, a primer on the sociology of law.