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Sarah Brayne

Sarah Brayne is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Faculty Research Associate at the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin. In her research, Brayne uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the use of big data within the criminal justice system. She is currently writing a book on the use of predictive analytics and new surveillance technologies in the Los Angeles Police Department. In previous research, she studied the relationship between individuals' contact with the criminal justice system and their involvement in medical, financial, labor market and educational institutions. Brayne's research has appeared in the American Sociological Review and has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. 

Prior to joining the faulty at UT-Austin, Brayne was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University. Brayne has volunteer-taught college-credit sociology classes in prisons since 2012. In 2018, she founded the Texas Prison Education Initiative.