Deptartment of Sociology | University of Washington
Michele Cadigan is a PhD candidate of sociology at the University of Washington. Cadigan's work brings together theoretical frameworks from economic sociology, law and society, and criminal justice research to help understand the complex relationship between markets and the criminal justice system, paying particular attention to the ways these interactions both shape and are shaped by inequality.
Her dissertation, Cannabis-Infused Dreams: A Market at the Crossroads between Criminal and Conventional, draws on both quantitative and qualitative methods including worker surveys, ethnographic field work, administrative data, and semi-structured interviews to understand how racial equity is constructed in legalized recreational cannabis markets. Specifically, she compares state-sanctioned recreational cannabis markets in four U.S. cities to examine how different approaches to racial equity transform market spaces and market actors' experiences in the industry.
Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI), the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies (HBCLS), and the Center for Demography and Ecology (CSDE)