Jennifer Carlson is Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University, where she will be founding the BRIDGS Center: Bringing Research & Innovation into the Debate on Guns in Society. In 2022 she was awarded a MacArthur Genius grant for her research into how guns shape American life, including those who survive gun violence’s harrowing aftermath, police who enforce the country’s complex gun laws, gun sellers and retailers who are on the front lines of surges in gun purchasing and the people who choose to own and carry guns. She is known for her novels "Policing the Second Amendment" and "Citizen-Protectors." Her most recent book was "Merchants of the Right" was released on May 2, 2023. It explores the surge of gun sales during the pandemic and the 2020 election.
Awards: MacArthur Fellow