The 2017-18 Warren Center Faculty Fellowship will be on the theme of CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY led by Elizabeth Hinton (History and African and African American Studies), and Lisa McGirr (History).
The Charles Warren Center, Harvard’s research center for American history, invites applications for a workshop on the history of crime and punishment in the Americas from the colonial period to the recent past. We will convene scholars in the social sciences and humanities conducting original research on the development of the penal regimes in the Western Hemisphere from a local, regional, national and global perspective. Topics considered include the history of prisons, prison labor, ideas and knowledge production about crime and punishment, criminal law, extra-legal forms of punishment such as lynching, the rise and decline of the Southern convict lease system, progressive era penal knowledge and reform, the role of institutionalized punishment in state and empire building, the criminalization of alcohol and drug use, policing and surveillance, social movements and issues of prisoners’ rights, the death penalty, and the rise of mass incarceration since the 1970s. In the United States, the criminal justice system and the racial discrepancies within it have become an all too pressing social problem and incarceration a default public policy. We see this as a moment to bring together innovative scholarship that approaches these issues from a historical perspective. We hope to include scholars at all stages of their careers and from several disciplinary frameworks, and to balance micro-historical and social history approaches with broadly conceived topics of wide chronological scope.
Fellows will present their work in a seminar led by Elizabeth Hinton (History and African and African American Studies), and Lisa McGirr (History). Applicants may not be degree candidates and should have a Ph.D. or equivalent. Fellows have library privileges and an office which they must use for at least the 9-month academic year. The Center encourages applications consistent with the Workshop theme and from qualified applicants who can contribute, through their research and service, to the diversity and excellence of the Harvard community. Stipends: individually determined according to fellow needs and Center resources, up to a maximum of $57,000. Apply at http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/6982, no later than December 12, 2016 with recommendation letters due January 13, 2017 (or perhaps earlier in the month). For more information, see http://warrencenter.fas.harvard.edu/.