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Jennifer Carlson’s work examines gun politics, policing and public law enforcement, the politics of race and gender, and violence. She is fascinated by how societies distinguish and regulate legitimate force versus criminal violence. Her book on the politics of gun carry, Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline, was published in 2015 by Oxford University Press. Drawing on in-depth interviews and participant observation at firearms classes, activist events, shooting ranges, and online gun forums, the book examines the growing popularity of gun carry among American men. Her current project examines gun law enforcement in Arizona, California and Michigan through interviews with police chiefs and observation of gun licensing procedures. In addition to her academic work, she has written for popular audiences in venues such as the Detroit News, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

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Courses
  • PS
    Policing & Society

  • LPI
    Law, Politics and Inequality

  • GA
    Guns in America

Grants
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    Effects of Victimization on Engagement and Expression

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2020

    $380.0K
    Active
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    Understanding the Social Impacts of Coronavirus on Gun Culture, Gun Politics and Gun Markets

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2020

    $40.5K
    Active
News
  • How Cascading Crises in 2020 Led to Record High Gun Sales

    2021

  • Tucson Festival of Books to Transform UA Campus into Literary Wonderland

    2019

  • Four Questions: Jennifer Carlson on the American Gun Debate

    2017

Publications (44)
Recent
  • “I’m Not a Conspiracy Theorist, But…”: Knowledge and Conservative Politics in Unsettled Times

    2023

  • Contemporary Gun Control Movement (United States)

    2023

  • Merchants of the Right: Gun Sellers and the Crisis of American Democracy

    2023

  • Politics at the Gun Counter: Examining Partisanship and Masculinity among Conservative Gun Sellers during the 2020 Gun Purchasing Surge

    2022

  • Conspicuously Concealed: Federal Funding, Knowledge Production, and the Criminalization of Gun Research

    2022

  • Whiteness and Impunity: Examining Virginia's Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement

    2022

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    2022

  • Conspicuously Concealed: Funding Freezes, Knowledge Production and the Criminalization of Guns

    2021

  • Beyond Law and Order in the Gun Debate

    2021

  • Policing the Second Amendment: Guns, Law Enforcement, and the Politics of Race

    2020

  • Police warriors and police guardians: race, masculinity, and the construction of gun violence

    2020

  • The Six-Shooter State: Public and Private Violence in American Politics.

    2020

  • Gun Studies and the Politics of Evidence

    2020

  • Revisiting the Weberian Presumption: Gun Militarism, Gun Populism, and the Racial Politics of Legitimate Violence in Policing

    2019

  • Speaking of trauma: the race talk, the gun violence talk, and the racialization of gun trauma

    2019

  • Gun Studies

    2019

  • Legally Armed but Presumed Dangerous: Gun Licensing and the Policing of Black Masculinities

    2018

  • Legally Armed but Presumed Dangerous: An Intersectional Analysis of Gun Carry Licensing as a Racial/Gender Degradation Ceremony

    2018

  • Meth Wars: Police, Media, Power

    2018

  • The Second Amendment Then and Now: A Gendered Analysis

    2017

  • The Hidden Arm of the Law: Examining Administrative Justice in Gun Carry Licensing

    2017

  • The Social Life of Gender

    2017

  • From Play to Peril: A Historical Examination of Media Coverage of Accidental Shootings Involving Children

    2017

  • GENDERING THE SECOND AMENDMENT

    2017

  • The Hidden Arm of the Law: Administrative Justice and Penality in Gun Carry Licensing

    2017

  • Moral Panic, Moral Breach: Bernhard Goetz, George Zimmerman, and Racialized News Reporting in Contested Cases of Self-Defense

    2016

  • Troubling the Subject of Violence: The Pacifist Presumption, Martial Maternalism, and Armed Women in Contemporary Gun Culture

    2016

  • Moral Panic, Moral Breach: Bernhard Goetz, George Zimmerman Racialized News Reporting in Contested Cases of Self-Defense

    2016

  • Carrying Guns, Contesting Gender

    2015

  • Mourning Mayberry: Guns, Masculinity and Socioeconomic Decline

    2015

  • Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline

    2015

  • Mourning Mayberry Guns, Masculinity, and Socioeconomic Decline

    2015

  • From Gun Politics to Self-Defense Politics: A Feminist Critique of the Gun Control/Gun Rights Debate

    2014

  • The equalizer? Crime, vulnerability, and gender in pro-gun discourse

    2014

  • The Equalizer? Guns, Vulnerability Politics and the Misrecognition of Domestic Violence

    2014

  • From gun politics to self-defense politics: a feminist critique of the great gun debate

    2014

  • Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys By Victor Rios NYU Press, 2007, 237 pages. $20.00 paper.

    2014

  • States, Subjects and Sovereign Power: Lessons from Global Gun Cultures

    2014

  • Clinging to their Guns? The New Politics of Gun Carry in Everyday Life

    2013

  • ‘I Don’t Dial 911!’ American Gun Politics and the Problem of Policing

    2012

  • ‘I DON’T DIAL 911’American Gun Politics and the Problem of Policing

    2012

  • Subjects of Stalled Revolution: A Theoretical Consideration of Contemporary American Femininity

    2011

  • Feminist theory

    2011

  • The female signifiant in all-women’s amateur roller derby

    2010

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