MILU Lab & Data

Race and Carceral State Survey Data

The Race and Carceral State Survey was conducted in the summer of 2017 by principle investigators, Dr. Allison Anoll and Dr. Mackenzie Israel-Trummel. The survey includes a nationally diverse sample of over 15,043 White and Black Americans and includes unique measures of carceral state contact, evaluations of the police, support for reform efforts, and social context.

For information about the survey data, please write

To cite the survey data, please include the following information: Anoll, Allison and Mackenzie Israel-Trummel. 2017. “The Race and Carceral State Survey.”

MILU Undergraduate Lab

In 2017-2018, fifteen Vanderbilt undergraduates participated in The Mass Incarceration Lab for Undergraduates (MILU), a year long research experience focused on producing research on policing and carceral state topics. Students in the Lab enrolled in a 3 credit course in the Fall and Spring semester of the academic year and worked in groups to develop research questions using the Race and Carceral State Survey.  Students produced original research articles that are currently under review for publications and presented their research at the 2018 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting. You can view posters of these students’ research below; requests for corresponding papers should be directed to

MILU Application

There will not be a MILU cohort in the 2018-2019 academic year.  Please check back about future cohort applications.


Please contact Dr. Anoll at