“Sinnerman”: A Discussion about Rejection and “Carceral Citizenship”
- Office of the Dean
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Dean’s Lecture Series on the Scholarship of Race and Racism
DR. REUBEN JONATHAN MILLER
Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice
University of Chicago
About the Event
Dr. Reuben Jonathan Miller (bio), Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, is a scholar of the U.S. carceral system. His innovative research spans the areas of race, punishment, and social welfare policy. His new book, Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration, exposes injustices in the U.S. carceral system and its disproportionate impact on the well-being of communities of color. Building a theory of (structural and interpersonal) rejection from the work of Nina Simone and James Baldwin, and based on years of ethnographic research and practice following the lives of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in Chicago, Detroit and New York, Dr. Miller will discuss “Sinnerman,” a chapter from his book that details the contours of what he calls “carceral citizenship” and reveals the inner workings of what he calls the “economy of favors” that drives it.
About the Lecture Series
Columbia School of Social Work is pleased to announce the inaugural lectures in the Dean’s Lecture Series, featuring prominent scholars of Race and Racism. Created to highlight research that examines and promotes the well-being of Black Americans, this lecture series features speakers who will address various points and intersections in the complex system of racist structures and policies that result in inequities, with a particular focus on disparities in economic opportunity, educational outcomes, criminal justice, wellness, and health care access.