Robert Stewart is a sociologist and criminologist whose research interests are centered on the social, political, and collateral consequences of criminal justice involvement with an emphasis on the accumulating effects of criminal justice interaction and criminal records on impacted people and communities. He is a member of a multistate research team studying criminal legal financial obligations, and he is co-principal investigator on a study of online criminal record data accuracy. As an advocate of public sociology and criminology, he believes that communicating our research effectively to policymakers, practitioners, and the public is a fundamental part of the work.


  • PhD
    Sociology, University of Minnesota, 2020
  • MA
    Sociology, University of Minnesota, 2017
  • BA
    Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance, University of Minnesota (Summa Cum Laude), 2012
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