Alexandra Natapoff is an award-winning legal scholar and criminal justice expert. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, her book Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal (Basic Books), reveals the powerful influence that misdemeanors exert over the U.S. criminal system. Her book Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice (NYU Press), won the ABA Silver Gavel Award Honorable Mention for Books. She is Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, a graduate of Yale and Stanford, and a member of the American Law Institute. She has testified before Congress; she has helped draft state and federal reform legislation; and she appears frequently in national media outlets. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Natapoff served as a federal public defender in Baltimore, Maryland, and was the recipient of an Open Society Institute Community Fellowship.