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Talks at Twelve: Chris Wildeman and Peter Enns, Thursday, April 11, 2019

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Family Contact with Mass Incarceration
Chris Wildeman and Peter Enns, Cornell University

Thursday, April 11, 2019
12:00-1:00 p.m.
423 ILR Conference Center


How does mass incarceration in the United States affect families? This talk will present results from the Family History of Incarceration Survey (FamHIS), which includes the first-ever estimates of the share of Americans who have ever had an immediate family member (e.g., parents, siblings, children) or other family members that they feel close to (e.g., uncles, cousins, grandparents) incarcerated. The talk will also discuss similarities and differences between attitudes toward the criminal justice system, civic participation and health outcomes among those who have and have not had an immediate family member incarcerated.

Peter K. Enns is an associate professor in the Department of Government and executive director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University. His research and teaching focus on public opinion, representation, mass incarceration and inequality. He is the author of Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World.

Christopher Wildeman is provost fellow for the social sciences, director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, and director of the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect at Cornell University, where he is also a professor of policy analysis and management and sociology (by courtesy). Since 2015, he has also been a senior researcher at the Rockwool Foundation Research Unit in Copehagen, Denmark.

Prior to joining Cornell’s faculty in 2014, Christopher was an associate professor of sociology at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in sociology and demography from Princeton University in 2008. From 2008-2010, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health & society scholar and postdoctoral affiliate in the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan.

His research and teaching interests revolve around the consequences of mass imprisonment for inequality, with emphasis on families, health and children. He is also interested in child welfare, especially as relates to child maltreatment and the foster care system. He is the 2013 recipient of the Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology.


Lunch will be provided.
This event is free and open to all. No registration is required, but groups of 10 or more, please inform Lori Biechele of your plans to attend so enough lunch can be ordered.

Parking is available on Garden Ave., in the Hoy Garage, or at various Parkmobile lots. Please stop at any information booth for assistance.

For further parking info, see:
Short-term parking options
Parkmobile map

One Comment

March 19, 2019
Natalya Cowilich

I am a Linkage and Prevention Specialist in the department of the Criminal Justice Initiative at STAP (Southern Tier AIDS Program). I work closely with incarcerated individuals to link them to healthcare after serving their sentence in the Elmira Hub of DOCCS. Excited about this talk, planning on attending. Thanks for hosting!

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