Public Humanities Initiative

Mobility and Confinement: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Incarceration in America

Tuesday, March 29, 2016  9:15am - 5:00pm The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


Free and open to the public

No registration necessary

First come, first seated


Hidetaka Hirota, Society of Fellows, Columbia University

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This one-day conference explores one of the most important political, economic, and legal problems in contemporary American society: mass incarceration. Assembled under the broadly defined theme of “Mobility and Confinement,” the conference addresses a wide range of issues of central importance to the notion of incarceration, such as economic mobility and poverty; the detention of migrants and refugees; the regulation of drug trafficking and the war on drugs; and the war on terror. Presenters at this conference come from various academic disciplines, including History, Sociology, and Law, under the shared goal of provoking an interdisciplinary discussion of the complex issues of incarceration, criminal justice, and human rights.


  • Julilly Kohler-Hausmann

    Assistant Professor

    Cornell University

  • Kelly Lytle Hern√°ndez

    Associate Professor of History

    University of California, Los Angeles

  • Elizabeth Hinton

    Assistant Professor of History and of African and African American Studies

    Harvard University

  • Reuben J. Miller

    Assistant Professor of Social Work

    University of Michigan

  • Donna Murch

    Associate Professor of History

    Rutgers University

  • Emily Ryo

    Assistant Professor of Law and Sociology

    University of Southern California Gould School of Law

  • Juliet Stumpf

    Professor of Law

    Lewis & Clark Law School

  • Kristin Turney

    Associate Professor of Sociology

    University of California, Irvine

  • Michael Welch

    Professor of Criminal Justice

    Rutgers University


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