criminal justice, disparities, human-animal connection, marginalized populations, public policy, race and ethnicity, racial justice, social justice

Professional Biography

Doctoral candidate Tyler Han uses critical and discourse methodologies to study race, punishment, and social control and how this influences criminal legal policies and decision making in a way that produces racial inequities in the criminal legal system. Han’s current work examines the dehumanization of incarcerated people and how their experiences in prison intersect with historical and institutional discourses. Han has worked as a mental health therapist providing trauma-informed care to children aged birth to five and their families. Han earned a BA in Psychology and Social Behavior and Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine and an MSW with a concentration in forensic social work from California State University, Los Angeles.


  • MSW, California State University, Los Angeles