Crime and Punishment Workshop

Peter Enns, Cornell University: The Public's Increasing Punitiveness and Its Influence on Mass Incarceration in the United States

Tue, 12/13/2011
6:30 PM
Event Category: 
By Invitation Only

The Crime and Punishment workshop draws together an interdisciplinary group of scholars-- from sociology, political science, psychology, philosophy, economics and law-- to discuss a range of topics related to crime, delinquency, social control, and the philosophy and politics of punishment.  Participants meet approximately once a month, on Tuesdays for dinner and discussion. Meetings will alternate in format, including a mixture of internal faculty presentations, "mini-presentations" by graduate students and others working through preliminary research ideas, lectures by visiting faculty, and discussions of recent published research.

The session on Tuesday, December 13 will feature Peter Enns, Cornell University, to discuss: "The Public's Increasing Punitiveness and Its Influence on Mass Incarceration in the United States."

Regular membership encouraged.  If you would like to be included, e-mail Devah Pager at

Peter Enns is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. During the 2011-2012 academic year, he will be a fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. He is also a Faculty Fellow with Cornell’s Institute for the Social Sciences theme project on Judgment, Decision Making, and Social Behavior and previous faculty director of Cornell’s Prison Education Program.  His research and teaching interests include American Politics with an emphasis on public opinion, representation, and quantitative research methods. His recent research has received funding from the National Science Foundation and has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. He is also co-editor of the book, Who Gets Represented?  Peter received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007) and his undergraduate degree from Colorado College (1998). Prior to graduate school, he taught high school Spanish for three years in Baltimore, MD, through Teach For America.