Arden Richards-Karamarkovich

Arden Richards-Karamarkovich

Arden Richards-Karamarkovich

Graduate Research Assistant

Gender, reentry, qualitative methods

Arden is a doctoral candidate and Graduate Research Assistant in the department of Criminology, Law, and Society at George Mason University. She graduated with an M.A. in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University.
 
Arden's research agenda focuses on gender and reentry, social inequality, and qualitative methods. Her research has explored motherhood in reentry, narrative criminology, identity construction in reentry, and women's experiences with employment after incarceration.

 

Current Research

Arden is currently conducting a qualitative research study exploring how formerly incarcerated individuals understand and make sense of notions of survival and success within systems that generate harm, including, but extending beyond, the criminal legal system

Selected Publications

Richards-Karamarkovich, A., Umamaheswar, J. (Forthcoming). Contaminated memories: How formerly incarcerated mothers construct maternal memories and imagined futures. Punishment & Society.

Richards-Karamarkovich, A., & Umamaheswar, J. (2024). “We do love our kids”: Narrative resilience among formerly-incarcerated mothers. Feminist Criminology, 19(1), 59-78.

Madrigal, A., Richards-Karamarkovich, A., & Umamaheswar, J. (2023). The carceral experiences of the wrongfully convicted. In Rudes, D. S., Armstrong, G. S., Kras, K. R., & Carter, T. J (Eds.), The Handbook on Prisons and Jails (pp. 81-93). Routledge.

Ingel, S., Richards-Karamarkovich, A., Bietsch, S., and Rudes, D.S. (2021). Privacy Violations and Procedural Justice in United States Prisons and Jails. Sociology Compass. 15(2), 1-12.

Grants and Fellowships

2024 Summer Research Fellowship, George Mason University

Education

M.A., Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University 

B.A., Sociology from Christopher Newport University 

Recent Presentations

Richards-Karamarkovich, A., & Umamaheswar, J. (2023). Contaminated memories: How formerly incarcerated mothers construct maternal memories and imagined futures. Annual conference of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA. 

Richards-Karamarkovich, A., & Umamaheswar, J. (2022). The narrative resilience of formerly incarcerated mothers. Annual conference of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA.

Richards-Karamarkovich, A., & Umamaheswar, J. (2022). Exploring the Mothering Priorities and Practices of Formerly Incarcerated Women. Annual conference of the Eastern Sociological Society, Virtual.

Richards-Karamarkovich, A. (2021). Hope in the Darkness: How Women Navigate and Perceive Employment After Incarceration. Annual conference of the American Society of Criminology, Chicago, IL.