In Our Backyards: How the Prison Boom Transformed Rural America

McNeil 395
January 27, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Associate Professor, Sociology
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Demography & Ecology
Speaker Biographies: 

John Major Eason is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Before entering graduate school, he was a church-based community organizer focusing on housing and criminal justice issues. He also served as a political organizer for then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama. His research interest challenges existing models and develops new theories of community, health, race, punishment, and rural/urban processes as these relationships are explored through his book, Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation, at the University of Chicago Press.

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