Lucius Couloute, PhD

Assistant Professor, Sociology & Criminal Justice

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  • PhD, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2019
  • Master’s in Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2018
  • B.A. in Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, With Honors, 2012

Research Interests

  • Prisoner reentry
  • Race and racism
  • Organizations
  • Mass incarceration
  • Criminalization
  • Economic insecurity
  • Teaching
  • Public sociology
  • Qualitative methods
  • Public policy


Dr. Lucius Couloute came to Suffolk University in the summer of 2019. Previously, he worked as a policy analyst with the Prison Policy Initiative where he produced policy reports using Bureau of Justice Statistics data and advocated for criminal justice reform.

Dr. Couloute’s primary research interests involve the practices, processes, and impacts of criminalization. His current research investigates the structural barriers and cultural ideas that permeate a northeastern prisoner reentry system. Dr. Couloute’s work also examines how organizations produce, mediate, or experience systems of inequality.

Selected Publications

  • Branch, Enobong Hannah, Christina Jackson, and Lucius Couloute. Forthcoming: Fall 2019. “Is Justice Blind? Race and the Rise of Mass Incarceration.” Book chapter in Black in America: What it Means to be the Problem. Enobong Hannah Branch & Christina Jackson.
  • Couloute, Lucius. 2019. “Organizing Reentry: How Race Structures the Post-Imprisonment Terrain.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations. Volume 58.
  • Wooten, Melissa and Lucius Couloute. 2017. “The Production of Inequality Within and Among Organizations.” Sociology Compass.
  • Couloute, Lucius and Dan Kopf. 2018. Out of Prison & Out of Work: Unemployment Among Formerly Incarcerated People. Prison Policy Initiative.
  • Couloute, Lucius. 2018. Nowhere to Go: Homelessness Among Formerly Incarcerated People. Prison Policy Initiative.
  • Couloute, Lucius. 2018. Barring the Great Equalizer: Formerly Incarcerated People and Educational Inequality. Prison Policy Initiative.
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Courses Taught

  • SOC-116-A Social Justice
  • SOC-211-A Corrections and Punishment
  • CJ-685-AE Seminar in Corrections
  • SOC-236-A Deviance and Social Control
  • CJ-681-W1 Crime and Communities
  • CJU-233-W1 Pathways Through Criminal Just
  • CJ-692-AE Criminal Justice Policy