Kim Richman

Kimberly Richman


Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-5414 Kalmanovitz Hall 256


Kimberly Richman received a BA at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and an MA and a PhD in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at UC Irvine, where she also completed a graduate emphasis in women's studies. She currently teaches Criminology; Sociology of Law; Deviance and Social Control; Senior Thesis Workshop; and Capstone in Sociology. She is also the coordinator for the Honors in Sociology program.

Professor Richman's primary areas of research interest are law and society, criminology, and the effects of legal rights (or their lack) on social, civic, and personal aspects of life, including legal consciousness, identity, and civic personhood. The majority of her past research has focused on the creation of legal and social meaning in legal processes involved with LGBT family law issues, as well as legal consciousness among same-sex married (or would-be married) couples and parents. Her current research focuses on the experience of incarceration, rehabilitative prison programming, and its effects on parole and reentry. She is co-founder and chief executive of the Bay Area reentry nonprofit Alliance for CHANGE.

Honors Coordinator, Department of Sociology
Chair, Department of Sociology Colloquium Committee
Chair, Sociology Department Search Committee
PhD, University of California, Irvine
MA, University of California, Irvine
BA, Pitzer College
Instructor, University of California, Irvine
Co-Founder, President of Board of Directors, Alliance for CHANGE
President, Western Society of Criminology
Chair, Society for the Study of Social Problems Law and Society Division
Legal Studies
Gender and Sexuality
Social Justice and Inequalities
Crime, law and deviance
Gender, sexuality, and law
Incarceration, rehabilitation and reentry
Family law
Legal consciousness
Selected Publications

Richman, Kimberly. 2018. “Race and Incarceration.” Invited book chapter in Today I Gave Myself Permission to Dream: Race and Incarceration in America, Ed. Erin Brigham and Kimberly Rae Connor. University of San Francisco Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought. University of San Francisco Press.

Richman, K. (2015). License to Wed: What Legal Marriage Means to Same-Sex Couples. New York: New York University Press.

Richman, K. (2010). Courting Change: Queer Parents, Judges, and the Transformation of American Family Law. New York: New York University Press.

Richman, K. (2010). "By Any Other Name: The Social and Legal Stakes of Same-Sex Marriage." University of San Francisco Law Review, 45.2, p. 357-387.

Richman, K. (2002). "Lovers, Legal Strangers, and Parents: Negotiating Parental and Sexual Identity in Family Law." Law & Society Review, 36.2, Special Issue on Nonbiological Parenting, p. 285-324.

Awards & Distinctions

Richard Tewksbury Award for Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship and Activism at the Intersection of Sexuality and Crime, Western Society of Criminology, 2020

Dean's Scholar Award for Distinguished Research in the Social Sciences

Joseph D. Lohman Award from the Western Society of Criminology for Outstanding Contributions

Edwin Sutherland Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems, for her book, License to Wed.