Punishing Trauma: Collateral Consequences of Incarceration

April 26, 2019 to April 27, 2019


Maison Francaise, East Gallery Buell Hall, Columbia University

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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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