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Frank Tannenbaum: The Making of a Convict Criminologist

April 5, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Greater Caribbean Studies Center and the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University invite you to its next Greater Caribbean Studies Center Brown Bag event to discuss the biography Frank Tannenbaum: The Making of a Convict Criminologist (Routledge, 2016) with the author Matthew G. Yeager. Frank Tannenbaum was the founder of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University and a professor of Latin American history while at the university.


Frank Tannenbaum and the Making of a Convict Criminologist is a historical biography about Columbia University professor Frank Tannenbaum and his contribution to American criminology. Tannenbaum was a major figure in criminology in the early twentieth century, and is known for his contributions to labeling theory, particularly his conception of the “dramatization of evil” presented in his 1938 book, Crime and Community. Tannenbaum served a year on Blackwell’s Island in New York City for labor disturbances in 1914 and subsequently became a prison reformer, writing about his experiences with the American penal system and serving as the official reporter for the Wickersham Commission’s study on Penal Institutions, Probation, and Parole in 1931. This book explores his unique early career, and his influence on convict criminology, drawing on his personal papers housed at the Butler Library at Columbia University.


Matthew G. Yeager has a lengthy background in criminology, penology, and sociology — with diverse interests in sentencing and parole, corrections, deviance, critical criminology,  convict criminology, dangerousness, crimes of the powerful, and political economy. Professor Yeager holds a Ph.D. from Carleton University in Ottawa, an M.A.  from State University of New York at Albany, and a B.A.   from the University of California at Berkeley.


This event is free and open to the public!


For more information on the book please visit: https://www.routledge.com/Frank-Tannenbaum-The-Making-of-a-Convict-Criminologist/Yeager/p/book/9781138939967



April 5, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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