Faculty & Staff

Carlos Monteiro, PhD

Lecturer in Sociology, College of Liberal Arts


Areas of Expertise

Punishment, Corrections, Reentry


PhD, Northeastern University

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Current Research

Carlos Monteiro is a senior research associate at the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Before joining the institute, Monteiro participated and led several research initiatives including his work for the Punitiveness Project, a grant-funded initiative documenting the exponential nationwide growth in the imprisonment of female offenders. He also led and assisted in other projects including an assessment of reentry programs and practices at the Dedham Correctional Center and a comprehensive recidivism study for inmates released from Middlesex County House of Correction. Carlos’ dissertation “Understanding Persistent Offending Among Incarcerated Offenders through General Strain Theory” examined the role that the stressors of living in prison might add to the strains otherwise experienced by inmates. Through weekly trips to two correctional facilities for over a year, he surveyed 171 inmates to understand how responses to these additional strains are associated with variations in levels of prison misconduct. Monteiro received his PhD from Northeastern University. His graduate education began at the University of Connecticut where he earned his master’s degree in education and before that, his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Westfield State College. His graduate interests at UConn centered on the factors affecting access and quality of higher education for young adults of color. Though his interests today are still tied to race and ethnicity issues, but within the criminal justice system, his main research has been on corrections and punishment with a specific focus on prison misconduct, recidivism, and reentry issues including collateral consequences of criminal convictions. Presently he serves as co-project director for a National Institute of Justice funded research examining the sources and impacts of stress in the lives of correctional officers.