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Department of Sociology Beltz, Lindsey

M.A. Sociology, Washington State University, 2016
B.A. Anthropology/Sociology, College of Idaho, 2013
B.A. Political Economy, College of Idaho, 2013


Crime, Law, and Deviance; Drug Policy; Cannabis Legalization; Mass Incarceration; Social Control; Survey Methodology; Big Data; White Collar Crime; Gender; Interaction Ritual Chains

Research Interests

My current research focuses on the liberalization of cannabis policy in the U.S. and in Washington State Specifically. I am especially interested in better understanding public opinion about cannabis, specifically the sources of opposition to legalization. My master’s thesis analyzed differences in county-level votes on medical vs. recreational ballot measures, finding that many county-level demographic factors have a significant influence on aggregate support for reforming cannabis laws, and that the impacts of these factors differ for medical and recreational cannabis. Research in progress for my dissertation will assess perceptions of the impacts of legalization in Washington state through a random sample, general population survey.