Law, Crime, Punishment & Human Rights
Faculty members in this area of specialization study individuals' engagement with law, the impact of laws on people's lives, and the ability of law to create real reform. Many focus on the social origins, transformation, and consequences of crime, punishment, and social control. Several faculty members have particular expertise in human rights, which builds on the University of Minnesota's reputation as the "Human Rights University."
Recent supported research includes: The Arnold Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation, and the Open Society Institute.
Faculty’s research interests include:
- Imprisonment and inequality
- Social control of substance abuse
- Law, crime, and mental health
- Normalization, deviance, and stigmatization
- Harassment and discrimination
- Criminal law and procedure
- Juvenile justice
- Community corrections
- Life-course criminology
- Crime and human rights
- Judicial responses to torture
- International law in the criminal, human rights, and financial sectors
- The global impact of laws promoting women's and children’s rights.
- Religion, science, and law
- Marriage laws and LGBT rights
- National responses to genocide
Faculty members work closely with:
- University of Minnesota Law School
- Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
- Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
- Human Rights Program
- Minnesota Population Center
- National, state, and local justice advocacy organizations
- National, state, and local government agencies and associations
Faculty in this specialization are members of the Crime, Law, and Deviance Section of the American Sociological Association, which is currently chaired by Professor Chris Uggen. Most faculty members in this area of specialization are also affiliated with The American Society of Criminology and the Law and Society Association.
Associated faculty: Cawo Abdi, Alejandro Baer, Elizabeth Boyle, Gabrielle Ferrales, Michael Goldman, Teresa Gowan, Kathleen Hull, Carl Malmquist, Joshua Page, Michelle Phelps, Joel Samaha, Joachim Savelsberg, Rachel Schurman, Christopher Uggen