Archive, Lectures

Marc Mauer & Susan Tucker


“Prisons in America”


Marc Mauer is one of the country’s leading experts on sentencing policy, race and the criminal justice system.  He has directed programs on criminal justice policy reform for 30 years, and is the author of some of the most widely cited reports and publications in the field.  His 1995 report on racial disparity and the criminal justice system led the New York Times to editorialize that the report “should set off alarm bells from the White House to city halls – and help reverse the notion that we can incarcerate our way out of fundamental social problems.”

Race to Incarcerate, Mauer’s groundbreaking book on how sentencing policies led to the explosive expansion of the U.S. prison population, was a semifinalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 1999.  A second edition was published in 2006 and a graphic novel version in 2013.  Mauer is also the co-editor ofInvisible Punishment, a 2002 collection of essays by prominent criminal justice experts on the social cost of imprisonment.

Susan Tucker is a curator of books and records and oversees the Newcomb Archives and the Vorhoff Library.  Her research interests concern gender, material culture, and archival studies. These interests have extended from a large-scale oral history project on domestic workers – Telling Memories Among Southern Women (LSU Press, 1988) – to exhibits, publications, and projects concerned with how people remember the past through photographs, albums, and scrapbooks. Some of this work culminated in The Scrapbook in American Life (Temple University Press, 2006) co-edited by Tucker, Katherine Ott, and Patricia Buckler. That book won the 2006 Pioneer Society Award as the best-edited book in the field of North American material culture.

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