Amy E. Lerman received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research focuses on political psychology and political behavior, and she writes on issues related to race and income inequality; voting behavior and political participation; social identity and civil society; and American criminal justice. She is also interested in the application of field and "natural" experimental research methods, and the study of survey research methodology. Her recent work can be found in Perspectives on Politics as well as in edited volumes published by Oxford University Press and the Russell Sage Foundation. She is currently completing a book examining the effects of incarceration on social integration and civic attitudes.
In addition to writing and teaching, she was the Director of the 2006 California Correctional Officer Survey Project, a state-wide survey of custody staff in the California prison system, the Vice President of Policy Studies for the political consulting firm Attention America, and has served as an adjunct faculty member and research consultant of the Prison University Project and the college program at San Quentin State Prison.