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Cheyney Dobson is a Quattrone Center Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Her current research focuses on a type of diversion programming known as “mental health court.” Using in-depth qualitative methods, she examines how the court functions both as an “off ramp” and “on ramp” to the criminal justice system depending on how participants are differentially equipped to navigate it. Broadly, she is interested in the intersections of criminal justice and social welfare and how inequality can be unintentionally reproduced and exacerbated through criminal justice reform. She received a B.A. from Michigan State University, a M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan.