Democratic Struggles over National Identity and for Social Justice

Please stay tuned for our new speaker series: Democratic Struggles over National Identity and for Social Justice. Funded by the Page-Babour Lectures, this interdisciplinary initiative is a way to foster dialogue among scholars, graduate students, undergraduates, and the community about the reverberations of the multifold backlash against democracy.

The program is sponsored by the Department of Politics, the Department of Sociology, Women Gender and Sexuality, the Power, Violence and Inequality Collective, and the Page-Barbour Fund.


PattersonPunishment Prior to Conviction: Examining the Amount of Time Incarcerated while Innocent
Evelyn J. Patterson, Associate Professor of Sociology
Vanderbilt University
Tue. November 13, 2018
Gibson S296
Lunch Provided

Evelyn J. Patterson is an associate professor of sociology and health policy associate with the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt    University.  Her work explores the intergenerational transfer of racial and social inequalities in America with a particular emphasis on the role of the US judicial system in perpetuating these inequalities.  This overarching focus has led her to consider the consequences of incarceration for a wide range of social processes, and probe how incarceration as a social institution reconfigures and adulterates other primary social institutions, including law, the polity, education, kinship, and the economy. Her research has been featured in a number of leading academic journals, including Social Science Research, theJournal of Quantitative Criminology, and the American Journal of Public Health, to name a few.