Meet Our Authors at ACJS 2018

This year’s ACJS meeting in New Orleans from February 13 – 17 includes exciting presentations by some of our authors, highlighting titles that confront the criminal justice crisis and serve as a catalyst for change. #ACJS2018 #ACJS18

Get 40% off of new and notable titles by visiting Booth #402. Or request an exam copy for course adoption consideration.

Walter S. DeKeseredy and Martin D. Schwartz, co authors with Molly Dragiewicz of Abusive Endings: Separation and Divorce Violence against Women

Thursday, 2/15 at 11:00am, Hilton 3rd Floor: Norwich, Gender and Crime: Victims and Responses, “Technology-Assisted Stalking and Image-Based Sexual Abuse on the College Campus: The Role of Negative Peer Support”

Read their thoughts on image-based sexual abuse.

Dean Dabney, coauthor with Richard Tewksbury of Speaking Truth to Power: Confidential Informants and Police Investigations

Friday, 2/16 at 11:00am, Hilton 2nd Floor: Marlborough A, Navigating the Job Market in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Friday, 2/16 at 2:00pm, Hilton 1st Floor: Grand Salon 12, Leadership Partnerships: Dealing with the Shrinking Applicant Pool in Policing/Police Administration and Management

Read their thoughts on why it’s important to link teaching, practice, and research in police intelligence.

Leon Anderson, author of Deviance: Social Constructions and Blurred Boundaries

Friday, 2/16 at 12:30pm, Hilton 3rd Floor: Windsor, Designing Criminal Justice Curriculum, “Integrating Paradigms in Teaching Deviance and Criminology”

Read Leon’s thoughts on sexual assaults occurring on college campuses.

Barbara Owen, coauthor with James Wells and Joycelyn Pollock of In Search of Safety: Confronting Inequality in Women’s Imprisonment

Saturday, 2/16 at 8:00am, Hilton 1st Floor: Grand Salon 19, Comparative Issues in Courts and Corrections, “Research and Hunan Rights: Foreign National Women’s Experience of Imprisonment in Cambodia”

Read their thoughts on why, with #metoo and #timesup, women in prison also need a movement.


At ASC, Save 40% on Criminology Titles

If you’re attending American Society of Criminology conference in Philadelphia from November 15 – 18, make sure to visit UC Press at booth #27 for a 40% discount. Our titles act as a catalyst for change, inspiring students, scholars, and practitioners alike to think critically, produce and consume research responsibly, and advocate for social justice.

See our recent offerings in Criminology, with books useful for your research as well as for course adoptions. See you at #ASCPhilly!

Betsy DeVos and the Attack on Social Justice

By Leon Anderson, author of Deviance: Social Constructions and Blurred Boundaries

This month millions of students are preparing to migrate to college campuses across the US. Many young women in their first year at college arrive unaware that they are entering what researchers call the “red zone” of sexual assault when new students—in their first term at college—are most at risk of sexual coercion. If President Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has her way, those who are accused of perpetrating sexual assault in coming years will find themselves better insulated against would-be accusers. In a statement regarding claims of campus sexual assault, Candice Jackson, the top civil rights official at the DOE recently told reporters, that “ninety percent of [college sexual assault cases] fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk, we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.’” Jackson later responded to criticism of her portrayal of sexual assault as nothing more than drunken encounters gone wrong by telling reporters that she was being “flippant” at the time. It is beyond troubling that the top civil rights official at DOE would treat college sexual assault as a topic to be flippant about. Her gross distortion of the realities of sexual assault on college campuses has angered women’s rights groups, while being applauded by extreme “men’s rights” groups like the National Coalition for Men, whose North Carolina chapter has derided Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as an “‘All men are rapists’ misandrist.”

As leaders at the Department of Education, DeVos and Jackson demonstrate a Trumpish lack of regard for empirical evidence, including FBI estimates that only two to ten percent of sexual assault claims are false and Bureau of Justice Statistics findings that just one in eight college student victims of sexual assault report their experiences to school officials. By these numbers, the problem of massively under-reported sexual assault dwarfs the smaller number of false accusations that DeVos is intent on curbing—even if the result is to reduce even further the number of sexual assault victims willing to report the crimes against them.

In a similar vein, the Trump administration’s Department of Justice has announced its intent to fight race-based discrimination—against white college applicants. This pattern of support for the rights of the already privileged over those of the marginalized and disenfranchised is buttressed by empirically unjustified claims about higher education biases against dominant social groups. Institutions of higher education have struggled to promote greater equality and social justice in the broader society. They now must fight the US Department of Education and Department of Justice to achieve such goals. In the face of such challenges we have only one option: doubling down on our values and building community to support our commitment.

Leon Anderson is Professor of Sociology at Utah State University. He is coauthor of Down on Their Luck and Analyzing Social Settings, 4th Edition. Before arriving at Utah State University, he was on the faculty at Ohio University. He has served as chair of the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Utah State and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ohio University. He is best known for his collaborative research on homelessness and for his expertise in qualitative research methods.