Harvard expert discusses prison policy April 26

Bruce Western

Bruce Western

As part of the 50th anniversary of the Urban Studies Programs,Dr. Bruce Western is Professor of Sociology and Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy at Harvard University will deliver  the  Spring Forum keynote address.

Western will speak about “Reform, Redemption and Mass Incarceration,” on Saturday, April 26,  at 4 p.m. in the UWM Student Union Ballroom.

Western’s talk sis free and open to the public.

About Bruce Western

Bruce Western is Professor of Sociology and the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy. He is the Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy and the Faculty Chair of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.  Western’s research broadly studies the relationship between political institutions and social and economic inequality. He has longstanding interests in criminal justice policy, incarceration, and the effects of incarceration on poor communities.  His research on economic inequality has analyzed labor unions and their effects on income inequality, and trends in income inequality and mobility in the United States. In his work on quantitative methods, Western has also developed applications of Bayesian statistics to sociology.

In current projects, Western serves as the Vice Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Causes and Consequences of High Incarceration Rates in the United States, and he is the principal investigator on the Harvard Executive Session on Community Corrections, sponsored by the National Institute of Justice. He is also the principal investigator of the Boston Reentry Study, a longitudinal study of formerly-incarcerated men and women returning to the Boston area.

About UWM URban Studies Programs 50th Anniversary

To mark 50 years of cutting edge urban research at UWM, Urban Studies Programs is hosting a spring forum and alumni reunion on April 25-26, 2014. Join faculty, staff, students, and alumni for a welcome reception on the evening of Friday April 25th hosted at the Brewhouse Inn & Suites as well as an all day forum on Saturday, April 26th on campus at the Student Union.
Sponsored by: Henry W. Maier Fund; Urban Studies Programs; College of Letters & Science; Center for Economic Development; Center for Urban Initiatives & Research; Cultures & Communities Program; Departments of Africology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology; Institute for Intercultural Research; Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health; Public & Nonprofit Administration; the Urban Affairs Association; and Goblets by Marj.