David Garland, NYU Law

Why is America So Punitive? The Social Roots of Mass Incarceration and the ‘New Jim Crow’

Date: 
Wed, 04/20/2016
Location: 
Rutgers University New Brunswick, Gathering Lounge, Livingston Student Center
Audience: 
By Invitation Only


This event is a Public Lecture at Rutgers University

David Garland joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 1997. He received his law degree with first-class honors and a PhD in socio-legal studies from the University of Edinburgh and a master’s in criminology from the University of Sheffield. Garland, who is noted for his distinctive sociological approach to the study of legal institutions, is the author of a series of award-winning books, including Punishment and Welfare: A History of Penal Strategies (1985); Punishment and Modern Society: A Study in Social Theory (1990); The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society (2001); andPeculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition (2010). He is a fellow of several learned societies, including the British Academy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Garland has also been a Davis Fellow at Princeton University’s History Department (1984-85) and a J. S. Guggenheim Fellow (2006-07). In 2009, he was awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the Free University of Brussels. In 2012, the American Society of Criminology awarded him the Edwin H. Sutherland Prize for outstanding contributions to theory and research. In the fall of 2014, he was Shimizu Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and from 2013 to 2016, a Professorial Fellow at Edinburgh University Law School. His most recent book, The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction, will be published by Oxford University Press in Spring 2016.

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