Kimberly Richman received her BA at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and her MA and PhD in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine, where she also completed a Graduate Emphasis in Women's Studies. She currently teaches Criminology; Sociology of Law; and Deviance and Social Control; and will teach U.S. Inequalities and Social Justice and Gender, Sexuality, and Law in the future.
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. In future work and currently, she is working to extend this basic theoretical framework into a new domain: incarceration and reentry. She's interested in reintegrative programming, both pre- and post- release, with people who have been incarcerated for long periods, and how that experience relates to their sense of civic identity, legal consciousness, and relationship to community, as well as their views about punishment, or “penal consciousness." In Prof. Richman's current research project in Ohio, she asks prisoners how they conceptualize their punishment and their experience of incarceration (any aspect of it) in terms of severity and salience, in ways that may or may not differ from official designations of punishment, and also what the effect of this is on access to reintegrative programming in the prison. She's also interested in how fostering a greater sense of civic engagement may reduce recidivism in this population.
- PhD, University of California, Irvine
- MA, University of California, Irvine
- BA, Pitzer College
- Sponsor and President of the Board of Directors for the San Quentin Alliance for C.H.A.N.G.E.
- Gender, sexuality, and law
- Crime, law, and the social construction of "deviance"
- Family law
- Legal consciousness
- Court processes
- Reintegrative programming for prison inmates
- Selected Publications
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.