Marcus Kondkar is the chair of the Sociology Department at Loyola University, which he joined in 2000. His teaching and research interests include criminology, sociology of law, and sociological theory. He has published his work in the American Journal of Public Health, Legal Systems of the World, Social Justice, The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe, and has authored numerous grant-funded reports on incarceration, sentencing patterns, and reentry. He is also the lead creator of The Visiting Room Project, a multimedia digital project on life without parole sentences. He is currently conducting research on three grant-funded projects: one on prisoner reentry best practices, a second on gendered pathways to prison, and a third on life without parole sentences in Louisiana. Other recent projects have included a geospatial study of the relationship between incarceration and neighborhood violence, and a study on sexual coercion and partner violence among college students.