Forrest Stuart is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the director of the Stanford Ethnography Lab. his Ph.D. in Sociology is from UCLA (2012), M.A. in Sociology from UCLA (2008), M.S. in Justice, Law & Society from American University (2006), and B.A. in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2004).
As an urban ethnographer, he uses fieldwork, archival, and other qualitative methods to investigate the causes, contours, and consequences of urban poverty. In the spirit of the Chicago School of Sociology, he pays close attention to the ways that individuals and communities make sense of their social worlds. This agenda has led to number of original research projects, community organizing efforts, and intervention programs. He makes efforts to embrace the ideals of public sociology, which enlists community members as valuable co-producers of knowledge.
His research has been published in Social Problems, Urban Studies, Law and Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry, Theoretical Criminology, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Souls, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and a number of other venues. He has also written long form articles on his research for Mother Jones, Wired, Chicago Magazine, and other popular press outlets.