John Halushka, Ph.D.

Dr. John Halushka

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., New York University; New York, NY

Curriculum Vitae


John Halushka is Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at San José State University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University in 2017. His research focuses on mass incarceration, prisoner reentry, and social welfare policy. Utilizing qualitative research methods, his work documents the daily lives of returning citizens, focusing on their struggles to survive conditions of acute poverty and navigate criminal legal and social welfare bureaucracies. His work has appeared in Ethnography, Punishment and Society, Social Problems, and The Routledge Companion to Rehabilitative Work in Criminal Justice



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Specialization and Research Interests

Criminology, Law and Society, Poverty and Racial Inequality, Social Policy, and Non-Profit Organizations


Selected Publications

Halushka, John M. 2020. "The Runaround: Punishment, Welfare, and Poverty Survival After Prison. " Social Problems, 67(2): 233–250

Halushka, John. 2019. “Prisoner Reentry in the United States.” Chapter 43 in The Routledge Companion to Rehabilitative Work in Criminal Justice. Pamela Ugwudike, Hannah Graham, Fergus McNeill, Peter Raynor, Faye Taxman, and Chris Trotter (Eds). London: Routledge.  

Halushka, John. 2017. “Managing Rehabilitation: Negotiating Performance Accountability at the Frontlines of Reentry Service Provision.” Punishment and Society, 19(4): 482-502

Halushka. John. 2016. “Work Wisdom: Teaching Former Prisoners How to Negoctiate Workplace Interactions and Perform a Rehabilitated Self.” Ethnography, 17(1):72-91

Morning, Ann, Nandi Dill, Rachel Garver, and John Halushka. 2013. "Race and Ethnicity." Pp. 260-291 in The Sociology Project: Introducing the Sociological  Imagination, First Edition. Richard Arum, Lynne Haney and Jeff Manza (Eds). New York: Pearson.