Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology
University of Washington
Michele Cadigan is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Washington. Cadigan’s work brings together theoretical frameworks from economic sociology, law and society, and criminal justice research to understand the complex relationship between markets and the criminal justice system, paying particular attention to how these relationships both shape and are shaped by race and ethnicity. Her current work, “Cannabis-infused dreams: A market at the crossroads of criminal and conventional,” draws on both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to understand how racial equity is constructed in legalized recreational cannabis markets. Specifically, she takes an in-depth look into state-sanctioned recreational cannabis markets in three U.S. cities to examine how different approaches to racial equity transform market spaces and market actors’ experiences to either reinforce or disrupt economic inequality. She received her M.A. in sociology from the University of Washington and her B.S. in sociology and Chicanx and Latinx studies from California State University, Long Beach.