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April 2019

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No Health No Justice: Dismantling Systemic Inequity in Criminal Justice & Health

No Health No Justice: Dismantling Systemic Inequity in Criminal Justice & Health

April 03, 2019
8:00am - 4:30pm


Lerner Hall, Room 555

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No Health = No Justice:

“Dismantling Systemic Inequity in Criminal Justice & Health”

April 3, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM 

Lerner Hall, Rm. 555

Registration required

Legal Action Center and Columbia University’s Center for Science and Society’s Research Cluster in Race, Inequity and Health is hosting a national No Health = No Justice convening to confront the issues of racism and inequality within both the health and criminal justice systems. The convening will provide an opportunity to spotlight innovative state and local models for reform and identify collective next steps that can be undertaken to de-carcerate our nation and foster health equity, particularly for individuals living with mental illness and substance use disorders.

The No Health = No Justice campaign is a natural outgrowth of Legal Action Center’s nearly 50 year mission to eradicate discrimination against people in need of substance use treatment and/or who have criminal records. It is also borne out of our frustration and bewilderment that while many initiatives are now underway to reform the criminal justice system, they have not included a cross-sector approach that recognizes the relationship between systemic racism, mass incarceration and inadequate community health care systems.

Justice means making sure people are no longer criminalized for conditions related to their health.

The goal of the convening is to strategize with participants about how to build a movement that:

•   Frames, through the voices of historians, activists, health and criminal justice professionals and researchers, the ways in which racism has distorted and defined our views of mental illness and substance use disorders, helping to fuel every public health crisis, including today’s opioid epidemic.

•   Increases the number of philanthropic organizations committed to supporting this campaign and related issues within the states.

•   Garners the support of national organizations with state affiliates to commit to promoting the tenets of the campaign in more states and local communities. 

•   Promotes models of state and local jurisdictions that prioritize health over punishment and share their successes and challenges.

Conference Registration, Agenda and more information here.

Conference Sponsors:

8:00am - 4:30pm
Computational Social Science Data for Good Seminar: Where do new things come from, and what do we do when we get them?

Computational Social Science Data for Good Seminar: Where do new things come from, and what do we do when we get them?

April 04, 2019
1:00 - 2:30 PM


ISERP Conference Room (IAB 270B) International Affairs Building 420 West 118th St New York, NY, 10027

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Where do new things come from, and what do we do when we get them?

Simon DeDeo

April 4, 1:00-2:30PM

ISERP Conference Room (IAB 270B)

Lunch provided | RSVP required

Speaker Bio:

Simon DeDeo is an Assistant Professor in Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He was previously affiliated with Complex Systems and the Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University.


PhD: Astrophysics, Princeton University
MA: Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge University
AB: Astrophysics, Harvard University

He has also held post-doctoral fellowships at the Institute for Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo and at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago.


At the Laboratory for Social Minds we undertake empirical investigations, and build mathematical theories, of both historical and contemporary phenomena. We range from the centuries-long timescales of cultural evolution to the second-by-second emergence of social hierarchy in the non-human animals, from the editors of Wikipedia to the French Revolution to the gas stations of Indiana. We create synthetic, deep-time accounts of major transitions in political order, with the goal of the predicting and understanding our species’ future. You can learn more about his research at his lab website.


1:00 - 2:30 PM
Non-Policy Politics: Richer Voters, Poorer Voters, and the Diversification of Electoral Strategies

Non-Policy Politics: Richer Voters, Poorer Voters, and the Diversification of Electoral Strategies

April 15, 2019


The Heyman Center, 2nd Floor Common Room

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New Books in the Arts & Sciences

Celebrating Recent Work by Maria Victoria Murillo and Ernesto Calvo

Monday, April 15, 2019  6:15pm

The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


Free and open to the public

No registration necessary

First come, first seated


The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

Office of the Divisional Deans in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science

Institute of Latin American Studies

Non-Policy Politics: Richer Voters, Poorer Voters, and the Diversification of Electoral Strategies
By: Maria Victoria Murillo and Ernesto Calvo

Calvo and Murillo consider the non-policy benefits that voters consider when deciding their vote. While parties advertise policies, they also deliver non-policy benefits in the form of competent economic management, constituency service, and patronage jobs. Different from much of the existing research, which focuses on the implementation of policy or on the delivery of clientelistic benefits, this book provides a unified view of how politicians deliver broad portfolios of policy and non-policy benefits to their constituency. The authors' theory shows how these non-policy resources also shape parties' ideological positions and which type of electoral offers they target to poorer or richer voters. With exhaustive empirical work, both qualitative and quantitative, the research documents how linkages between parties and voters shape the delivery of non-policy benefits in Argentina and Chile.

About the Author:

María Victoria Murillo is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Columbia University. Her work focuses on distributive politics, electoral behavior, and institutional weakness in Latin America. She is the author Labor Unions, Partisan Coalitions, and Market Reforms in Latin America (Cambridge University Press 2001), Political Competition, Partisanship, and Policymaking in the Reform of Latin American Public Utilities (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and with Ernesto Calvo of Non-Policy Politics: Richer Voter, Poorer Voter and the Diversification of Parties Electoral Strategies (Cambridge University Press, 2019), and with Daniel Brinks and Steven Levitsky of Understanding Institutional Weakness: Power and Design in Latin American Institutions (Cambridge University Press, Elements in Latin American Politics and Society, forthcoming 2019). She is the co-editor of Argentine Democracy: the Politics of Institutional Weakness (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005), and Discutir Alfonsin (Siglo XXI Editores, 2010), and the editor of Carreras Magisteriales, Desempeno Educativo y Sindicatos de Maestros en America Latina (Flacso, 2003). Murillo received her BA from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and her MA and PhD from Harvard University. Murillo has taught at Yale University, was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, a Fulbright scholar and a Russell Sage Visiting Fellow. Prior articles related to the book we are celebrating have received the Luebbert Award of the American Political Science Association and the Best Paper Award of Comparative Political Studies.

Ernesto Calvo (PhD, Northwestern University 2001) is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Government and Politics (GVPT), University of Maryland-College Park. His research on political representation, elections, and Congresses, has received the Lawrence Longley Award, the Leubbert Award, and the Michael Wallerstein award from the Representation Section,  the Comparative Politics section, and the Political Economy section of the American Political Science Association. He is the author of Legislator Success in Fragmented Congresses in Argentina (Cambridge U.P: 2014) and La nueva poltica de Partidos (Prometeo: 2005). His work has been published in US, European, and Latin American journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, World Politics, The British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, Poltica y Gobierno (Mexico), Desarrollo Econmico (Argentina), Opiniao Publica (Brazil), and the Revista de Ciencia Politica (Chile).

About the Speakers:

John Huber teaches and conducts research with a focus on the comparative study of democratic processes. He recently published Exclusion by Elections: Inequality, Ethnic Identity and Democracy, which develops a theory about how inequality can foster identity politics, which can then limit the propensity of a democracy to respond to inequality. In addition to numerous articles, he previously published Rationalizing Parliament: Legislative Institutions and Party Politics in France, and Deliberate Discretion? Institutional Foundations of Bureaucratic Autonomy (with Charles Shipan). His current projects focus on bureaucracy, civil war and inter-generational solidarity. Huber served as chair of the political science department from 2006-09 and 2010-13, and he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.

Sheri Berman is a professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University.  Her research interests include European history and politics; the development of democracy; populism and fascism; and the history of the left.  She has written about these topics for a wide variety of scholarly and non-scholarly publications, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and VOX.  She currently serves on the boards of the Journal of Democracy, Dissent and Political Science Quarterly.  Her most recent book, Democracy and Dictatorship: From the Ancien Regime to the Present Day, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University. Her research examines the quality of representation and government accountability in Latin America. Her current projects include a field experiment on bureaucratic performance and public opinion studies of political sophistication and citizen attitudes towards corruption. Her book, "Curbing Clientelism in Argentina: Politics, Poverty, and Social Policy," was published with Cambridge University Press (2014) and received the Donna Lee Van Cott Award from the Political Institutions Section of the Latin American Studies Association.  She has published articles in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics in Latin America, Latin American Research Review, and Latin American Politics and Society.

Just Societies Speaker Series: George Chauncey

Just Societies Speaker Series: George Chauncey

April 16, 2019
Tue, April 16, 2019 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT


Columbia Maison Française 515 West 116th Street Buell Hall New York, New York 10027

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The Division of Social Science is proud to present the Just Societies Speaker Series, one of the signature initiatives of Dean Fredrick Harris. These lectures spotlight the research of outstanding scholars working in a range of timely issues, including economic inequality, the experience of marginalized communities, and the impacts of policy and history on society's present and future. 

The final JSSS event of the Spring 2019 semester will be a featured talk from George Chauncey, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. Professor Chauncey's lecture is entitled "Rethinking the Closet: New York Queer Life before Stonewall" and will take place in the East Gallery of Maison Française on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 16, 2019, beginning at 4:00pm.

This event is free and open to all. Limited seating is available, so be sure to reserve your tickets today! RSVP here.

Tue, April 16, 2019 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Meeting Along the Edge Collisions between populist and institutional risk imaginaries

Meeting Along the Edge Collisions between populist and institutional risk imaginaries

April 25, 2019
5:00PM - 7 :00PM


IAB, room 707

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5:00PM - 7 :00PM
Punishing Trauma: Collateral Consequences of Incarceration

Punishing Trauma: Collateral Consequences of Incarceration

April 26, 2019 to April 27, 2019


Maison Francaise, East Gallery Buell Hall, Columbia University

Event Type: 

Punishing Trauma

A Conference on the Collateral Consequences of Incarceration

April 26-27

Maison Francaise, East Gallery (Morningside campus map)

Register on Eventbrite here

Although the problem of mass incarceration has recently received more wide-spread scrutiny, the negative consequences of incarceration on children, families, and communities still remain under addressed and poorly understood. The Punishing Trauma conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary space for conversations between academic researchers and community-based practitioners who study, work with, and confront these pressing concerns.

Punishing Trauma will feature doctoral students, community organizers and activists, policy-makers, and individuals directly impacted by mass incarceration and mass supervision. Topics examined include the impact and consequences of punishment and surveillance, broadly conceived, on children, families, and communities. Equitable responses to mass incarceration and mass supervision require transdisciplinary and community-based solutions. Punishing Trauma intends to serve as a venue for these crucial connections and conversations.

The conference schedule can be found as a PDF to the right of this text column.

The conference is free and open to the public, but requires registration on Eventbrite. To register click here.

Please note that an RSVP does not guarantee seating, please arrive early as all seating will be first come, first serve.

In Memory of Devon Tyrone Wade, PhD
At his untimely passing, Devon Wade was completing his last year as a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. An accomplished scholar-activist, Devon’s research was borne out of, and driven by, community needs. His dissertation examined how schools develop responses to children impacted by trauma, such as having incarcerated parents.
Devon was posthumously awarded his PhD by Columbia University in May of 2018. Punishing Trauma is organized in his memory, in order to bring together like-minded scholars and activists to address the pressing issues that Devon dedicated his life to.


Thomas DiPrete, Giddings Professor of Sociology and Director, institute of Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), Columbia University

Bailey Brown, Columbia University
Anna Hidalgo, Columbia University
Henry Love, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Kasim Ortiz, University of New Mexico
Joan H. Robinson, Columbia University, Eric Holder Initiative
Dialika Sall, Columbia University
Dominic Walker, Columbia University


Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

Institute for Research in African-American Studies | African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, Columbia University

Department of Sociology, Columbia University

Department of Sociology, Barnard College

Columbia Justice Lab

Center for Justice at Columbia University




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