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  • Tuesday 5th

    November 2019

  • From 07:00 PM

    To 08:30 PM

  • O'Hare Academic Center
    Newport, RI 02840 United States

    Newport, United States

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Convicted and Condemned: The Politics of Prisoner Reentry with Dr. Keesha M. Middlemass, Howard University

Dr. Keesha Middlemass will discuss her award winning book, Convicted & Condemned: The Politics and Policies of Prisoner Reentry (NYU Press, 2017), which in 2018 won the W. E. B. Dubois Distinguished Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Her talk will focus on prisoner reentry from an interdisciplinary perspective by combining first-person narratives of men and women coming home alongside an analysis of public policies; this particular approach explains why it is so hard to successfully reintegrate back into society after being convicted of a felony. Middlemass’ analysis demonstrates how public policies have created perverted incentives for men and women convicted of a felony. In addition to critiquing the politics and policies of punishment, she will offer some policy changes on how society can be more welcoming to the hundreds of thousands of men and women exiting prison every year.

Professor Keesha Middlemass is an Associate Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Political Science at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Her award winning book, Convicted & Condemned: The Politics and Policies of Prisoner Reentry (NYU Press, 2017) won the 2018 W. E. B. Dubois Distinguished Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Middlemass teaches courses in public policy and studies race and its connection to prisoner reentry, and the politics and policies of punishment using multiple methods (for example, ethnography, interviews, participant observation, and archival research). Currently, Dr. Middlemass is studying food insecurity and its impact on individuals reentering society. Her work has been published in Public Health & Nutrition, Aggressive Behavior, Criminal Justice & Behavior, The Prison Journal, Punishment & Society, and Journal of Criminal Justice & Law Review. Dr. Middlemass is a member of the Racial Democracy, Crime & Justice Network, is a former Andrew Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow on Race, Crime, and Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City, and is a former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Middlemass earned her Ph.D. (Public Policy and American Politics) and Master’s from The School of Public & International Affairs at the University of Georgia.

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