Goodbye from The Public Intellectual
August 19, 2012 – 2:43 pm | 3 Comments

The Public Intellectual has been for us a fascinating experiment in bringing academic work to a general audience. We are very proud of the writing that has appeared on the site. We have been heartened by the support of our readers and the generosity of the writers who have worked with us since our launch last year. We have decided, however, that the project should end.

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Unfreedom Update
January 25, 2012 – 10:49 pm | No Comment
Unfreedom Update

The number of incarcerated people in the United States decreased slightly in 2010. Does that reflect a decreasing desire to lock people up? A drop in crime? Philip Cohen considers these questions and takes a look at the 2010 numbers in two great graphs. Philip is a sociologist at the University of Maryland, College Park. He blogs at Family Inequality.

Jamaicans targeted for deportation
May 2, 2011 – 12:04 am | 2 Comments
Jamaicans targeted for deportation

Why are Jamaicans hit disproportionately hard by deportation from the U.S.? Sociologist Tanya Golash-Boza looks into this issue, reporting from Jamaica. Tanya is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and American Studies at the University of Kansas. The stories in this article are part of a larger project where Tanya interviewed over 150 deportees in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Brazil.

LGBT kids in the prison pipeline
May 2, 2011 – 12:01 am | 2 Comments
LGBT kids in the prison pipeline

Angela Irvine was the Principal Investigator on the Annie E. Casey Foundation national survey of 2,200 LGBTQ youth in the juvenile justice system. This article draws on that research, which also appeared in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. Angela is the Associate Director at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

Something smells like a pig, you say?
May 2, 2011 – 12:01 am | One Comment
Something smells like a pig, you say?

Did our first black president finally change the sentencing rules that treat crimes committed more often by black people differently from crimes committed more often by white people? Public Intellectual social sciences editor Nikki Jones takes a critical look at the Obama administration’s crime policy.