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 the intersection of prisoner reentry, urban poverty, and social welfare policy. Through ethnographic fieldwork and in-depth interviews, his work documents the daily lives of formerly incarcerated people. He focuses on returning citizens' struggles to survive conditions of severe deprivation and explores how they navigate state systems of criminal justice and social welfare. His work has appeared in Ethnography, Punishment and Society, Social Problems, and The Routledge Companion to Rehabilitative Work in Criminal Justice

His current book project, Getting the Runaround: Formerly Incarcerated Men and the Bureaucratic Barriers to Reentry (under contract with University of California Press) examines how formerly incarcerated men returning to New York City navigate the “institutional circuit” of parole, public assistance programs, community-based service providers, and transitional housing facilities. Getting the Runaround expands our understanding of the “barriers to reentry” by revealing how the treadmill of bureaucratic rules and procedures returning citizens must navigate functions to destabilize and discourage reintegration. You can find out more about the project here.



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Office Hours Fall 2021:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 1:00-3:00 or by appointment.  Zoom



Specialization and Research Interests

Critical Criminology, Law and Society, Poverty and Racial Inequality, Social Welfare Policy, and Qualitative Research Methods


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.