Books:Offending Women: Power, Punishment, and the Regulation of Desire. University of California Press, 2010.
Families of a New World: Gender, Politics, and State Development in a Global Context. Edited with Lisa Pollard, Routledge (2003).
Inventing the Needy: Gender and the Politics of Welfare in Hungary. University of California Press, 2002.
Global Ethnography: Forces, Connections, and Imaginations in a Postmodern World. Michael Burawoy et al. University of California Press. 2000.
Articles:“Observing Prisons, Conceptualizing Punishment: Ethnography and the Possibility of Theory.” In Jody Miller and Wilson Palacios eds. Advances in Criminological Theory. Transaction, 2015.
“Motherhood as Punishment: The Case of Parenting in Prison.” Signs, Fall 2013.
“Working through Mass Incarceration: Gender and the Politics of Prison Labor from East to West.” Signs, Fall 2010.
“Gender, Welfare, and States of Punishment.” Social Politics, 2004
“Married Fathers and Caring Daddies: Welfare Reform and the Discursive Politics of Paternity” (with Miranda March). Social Problems, 2003
“Feminist State Theory: Applications to Jurisprudence, Criminology, and the Welfare State.” Annual Review of Sociology, 2000.
“Homeboys, Babies, Men in Suits: The State and the Reproduction of Male Dominance.” American Sociological Review, Vol. 61, No. 5.