Penal Power in America: The Social Roots of Mass Incarceration

David Garland, New York University School of Law

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:30pm
301 Marx Hall

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David Garland
New York University School of Law

David W. Garland joined the New York University School of Law faculty in 1997. He was previously on the faculty of Edinburgh University's Law School, where he had taught since 1979, being appointed to a personal chair in 1992. At New York University School of Law , he also holds a joint appointment as professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, where he teaches graduate classes in social theory and an undergraduate course in criminology.  Garland received a law degree with First Class Honors and a Ph.D. in Socio-Legal Studies from the University of Edinburgh as well as a Masters in Criminology from the University of Sheffield. He is noted for his distinctive sociological approach to the study of law, for his analyses of punishment and crime control, and for his historical studies of criminology. He has played a leading role in developing the sociology of punishment and was the founding editor of the interdisciplinary journal Punishment & Society. He is the author of a series of prize-winning studies, including Punishment and Modern Society: A Study in Social Theory, which won distinguished book awards from the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Punishment and Welfare: The History of Penal Strategies which won the International Society of Criminology's prize for best study over a five-year period; The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society, (University of Chicago Press, 2001) which is one of the most influential studies in contemporary criminology; and Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition which won awards from the American Sociological Association and from the Association of American Publishers. His books have been translated into many languages.