Jacob Harris is a Ph.D. student in Government at Cornell University. His interests include American politics, criminal justice policy, public opinion, and political psychology. He has published his work on youth perceptions of police officers in the Journal of Criminal Justice and has another manuscript on how racial attitudes mediate the relationship between punitiveness and evangelism under review. His work is generously funded by the Sage Fellowship and Rural Humanities Initiative at Cornell University.

Jacob’s ongoing projects include 1) assessing the political implications of prison building in rural towns, 2) measuring how voters are biased by the perceptual fluency (pronounceability) of political candidates’ names, and 3) gathering data on how the bureaucratic and intrinsic nature of carceral institutions inhibits voting among inmates.

He also volunteers for the criminal justice reform nonprofit Recidiviz and looks forward to working with the Cornell Prison Education Program over the summer. During his free time, Jacob enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and playing tennis.