Sandra Susan Smith is an associate professor of sociology at the University of California-Berkeley. Her research lies at the intersection of urban poverty and joblessness, social capital and social networks, race and ethnicity, and, more recently re-entry. In addition to her first book, Lone Pursuit: Distrust and Defensive Individualism among the Black Poor (Russell Sage Foundation), and a second under review, Smith has also published a number of articles in the American Journal of Sociology, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, the Annual Review of Sociology, Racial and Ethnic Studies, Social Science Research, and The Sociological Quarterly. In a new project, generously funded by the Arnold Foundation, Smith turns her attention to the front end of criminal case processing and asks how pretrial detention and diversion fundamentally alter offenders' future criminal involvement trajectories. Smith has been a deputy editor of the ASR and a consulting editor of the AJS. Currently she is the chair of the Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility section of the ASA, a member of the Executive Session on Community Corrections at Harvard's Kennedy School, and a member of the National Research Advisory Board for the Misdemeanor Justice Project.