Matthew Clair is Assistant Professor of Sociology and (by courtesy) Law at Stanford University. His scholarship examines how cultural meanings and interpersonal interactions reflect, reproduce, and challenge social inequality in laws, the legal profession, and the criminal legal system. He is the author of the book Privilege and Punishment: How Race and Class Matter in Criminal Court (Princeton University Press). A Q&A about his recent research and thinking on racial inequality and the transformative possibilities of the Black Lives Movement can be found at Stanford Magazine.
Matt's research has received awards from the American Sociological Association, the American Society of Criminology, the Law & Society Association, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems and has been supported by several grants and fellowships, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Beyond his research, he writes creatively, makes visual art, and enjoys skiing and tennis. Matt received his A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. from Harvard University.