Jacob Harris

Graduate Student


My primary current project will examine the political implications of prison building in rural America. I'm passionate about criminal justice reform and volunteers with the criminal justice nonprofit Recidiviz and look forward to participating in the Cornell Prison Education Program. During my free time, I enjoy a good book, playing tennis, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Research Focus

My research interests broadly center around American politics with a specific emphasis on criminal justice policy, public opinion, and political psychology.


I have published my work on public opinion and police officers in the Journal of Criminal Justice. Another project which examines the intersections between religion, racial prejudice, and punitive sentiment toward criminals is currently under review.