Assistant Professor Anna Gunderson (Ph.D. Emory University) specializes in American politics; the politics of punishment and policing; judicial politics; state politics; and public policy. Her book project considers why states privatize their prisons and argues it is states’ desire to avoid legal and political accountability for prison conditions that prompt this decision. She has won three prizes for this work: the 2020 Neal Tate award for the best paper on judicial politics presented at the 2019 Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting; the 2019 Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Prize from the Public Choice Society; and the 2019 Best Graduate Student Paper from the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. In addition, she has projects on ban the box initiatives; officer-involved shootings; police militarization; and the relationship between judicial ideology and outcomes in prisoners’ rights cases. Her work has been published in the Journal of Politics.