Philip Goodman

Phil Goodman

Associate Professor & Chair Sociology
Office Location:
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga , Ontario
L5L 1C6

Philip Goodman received his PhD in 2010 from the University of California, Irvine in Criminology, Law and Society. Earlier that same year, he started as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. In 2017, he received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor.

Goodman uses prisons and punishment—and crime and law, more generally—as lenses through which to consider questions of inequality, penal politics, and the micro-dynamics of everyday life. At the heart of his scholarship is an attempt to ask how and why punishment changes over time, why it varies across place, and how it is experienced today. In 2017, he published Breaking the Pendulum: The Long Struggle Over Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press) with professors Joshua Page and Michelle Phelps, theorizing penal change in the United States. His articles have been published in a variety of journals, including American Journal of Sociology; Social Problems; British Journal of Criminology; Theoretical Criminology; Law & Social Inquiry; Law & Society Review; and the Canadian Review of Sociology.

At the University of Toronto, he has taught a wide variety of courses, including at the undergraduate level a second-year introduction to criminology and law; a second-year required theories course; and a fourth year seminar based on the Walls to Bridges model held weekly inside a prison or jail (comprised of half UTM students, and half incarcerated students). He is currently Associate Chair of the Criminology, Law & Society undergraduate program at UTM, a position that he started in July, 2018.


Goodman, Philip (2020). “‘Work Your Story’: Selective, Voluntary Disclosure, Stigma Management, and Narratives of Seeking Employment After Prison.” Law & Social Inquiry. Accepted.

Joshua Page, Michelle Phelps, and Philip Goodman (2019). “Consensus in the Penal Field? Revisiting Breaking the Pendulum.” Law and Social Inquiry. 44(3): 822-827.

Joshua Page and Philip Goodman (2018). “Creative Disruption: Edward Bunker, Carceral Habitus, and the Criminological Value of Fiction.” Theoretical Criminology. 24(2): 222-240.

Philip Goodman, Joshua Page, and Michelle Phelps (2017). Breaking the Pendulum: The Long Struggle Over Criminal Justice. Oxford University Press.

Timothy Kang, Canadace Kruttschnitt, and Philip Goodman (2017). “Multi-Method Synergy: Using the Life-History Calendar and Life as a Film for Retrospective Narratives.” Howard Journal of Crime and Justice 56(4): 532-553.

Meghan Dawe and Philip Goodman (2017). “Conservative Politics, Sacred Cows, and Sacrificial Lambs: The (Mis)Use of Evidence in Canada’s Political and Penal Fields.” Canadian Review of Sociology 54(2): 129-146.

Goodman, Philip and Meghan Dawe (2016). “Prisoners, Cows, and Abattoirs: The Closing of Canada’s Prison Farms as a Political Penal Drama.” British Journal of Criminology. 56(4): 793-812.

Philip Goodman (lead author), Joshua Page, and Michelle Phelps (2015).
“The Long Struggle: An Agonistic Perspective on Penal Development.” Theoretical Criminology. 19(3): 315-335.

Goodman, Philip (2014). “Race in California’s Prison Fire Camps for Men: Prison Politics, Space, and the Racialization of Everyday Life.” American Journal of Sociology. 120(2): 352-394.

Goodman, Philip (2012). “‘Another Second Chance’: Rethinking Rehabilitation Through the Lens of California’s Prison Fire Camps.” Social Problems. 59(4): 437-458.

Goodman, Philip (2012). “Hero and Inmate: Work, Prisons, and Punishment in California’s Fire Camps.” Special issue (‘Labor and the Political Economy of Punishment’) of Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society. 15(3): 353-376.

Goodman, Philip (2011). “From ‘Observation Dude’ to ‘An Observational Study’: Gaining Access and Conducting Research Inside a Paramilitary Organization.” Canadian Journal of Law and Society. 26(3): 599-605.

Goodman, Philip (2008). “‘It's Just Black, White, or Hispanic’: An Observational Study of Racializing Moves in California's Segregated Prison Reception Centers.” Law & Society Review. 42(4): 735-770.


Criminology, Law & Society
Ph.D. (Criminology, Law & Society, University of California, Irvine)
M.A. (Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine)
B.A. (History, Bowdoin College, Maine)