The Justice Lab at UW-Madison focuses on ending racial, economic, and health disparities across the rural-urban interface.

Pajarita Charles


Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Pajarita Charles, PhD, MSW, MPA is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work. Dr. Charles focuses on the development, implementation, and testing of preventive interventions to promote positive psychosocial and behavioral health outcomes among families affected by the criminal justice system. She has particular interest in promoting the well-being of fathers and mothers with a history of incarceration. Dr. Charles also works to foster research, practice, and public sector partnerships to build capacity for social and criminal justice reform. Her research is published in a variety of social work, family studies, and criminal justice journals. Dr. Charles is a co-leader of the national Promote Smart Decarceration Grand Challenge network of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. She also frequently collaborates with local and state organizations to provide expertise on issues pertinent to families impacted by the criminal justice system.