Beto Chair Lecture Series: Dr. David Garland

Beto Chair Lecture Series

Tue Oct 19, 2010
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Dr. David W. Garland, one of the world’s leading sociologists in crime and punishment, will be the featured speaker at the Beto Chair Lecture Series on Oct. 19. His topic will be "Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition."

Dr. David W. GarlandDr. Garland is the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor at New York University School of Law and is the founding editor of the interdisciplinary journal Punishment & Society. His most recent book, The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society, was published by University of Chicago Press in February 2001 and already has been translated into Italian, Spanish, and Chinese.

The Culture of Control charts contemporary trends in penal and social control, arguing that the crime policies which emerged in the US and the UK after 1975 are political and cultural adaptations to the new risks and problems created by 'late modern' ways of life.

Dr. Garland is the author of several 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, and 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.

Dr. Garland received his 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 was on the faculty of the Edinburgh University Law School beginning in 1979.

Dr. Garland has been associated with the NYU School of Law since 1984, when he commuted from Princeton to attend Professor James Jacobs’ criminal law seminars in the Law School. He was a Visiting Professor at the School in 1992-93 and a member of the Global Law School faculty from 1995 to 1997.

Dr. Garland joined the New York University School of Law faculty in 1997. 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 undergraduate courses in criminology.

Dr. Garland was a Visiting Reader at Leuven University, Belgium in 1983; a Davis Fellow in Princeton University’s history department in 1984-85; and a Visiting Professor at Boalt Law School, U.C. Berkeley in 1985 and 1988. In 1993, he was awarded the Sellin-Glueck Prize by the American Society of Criminology for distinguished scholarly contributions to criminology by a non-American scholar.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and a Fellow-Designate of the Center of Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, CA. In 2006, he was awarded a J.S. Guggenheim Fellowship for his research on capital punishment and American society.

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