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John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law, Northwestern University


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Alberta

Curriculum vitae


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John Hagan is a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation and John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University. His recent research is on international criminal law, crime and justice in Chicago, and mass parental incarceration in America. He has received the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, the Edwin Sutherland and Harry J. Kalven Awards, and is an elected…

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Research focus

The intersection of international criminal law, war crimes, war resistance, mass incarceration, lawyers, and domestic criminality.


Parental Incarceration

This study is designed to better understand the difference that parental incarceration makes in the life of an adolescent. American incarceration is four times larger than in the 1970s, six to ten…

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America First populism, social volatility, and self-reported arrests
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
What the Study of Legal Cynicism and Crime Can Tell Us about Reliability, Validity, and Versatility in Law and Social Science Research
Annual Review of Law and Social Science
"Crimes of Terror, Counterterrorism, and the Unanticipated Consequences of a Militarized Incapacitation Strategy in Iraq"
Social Forces

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2nd AALS Empirical Methods Training Workshop (Organizer and Workshop Faculty)
Jan 2014 Elizabeth Mertz, Lynn Mather & Leslie Lavin
How We Remember to Forget: Iraq and the Crimes of a War of Aggression
Jun 2013
Iraq and the Crimes of Pre-Emptive War
May 2013

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Elected Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, 2017
  • Cesar Beccaria Gold Metal, German Society of Criminology, 2015
  • Chair, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University, 2013-1014
  • Outstanding Book Award, Academy of Criminal Justice Science, International Section, 2013 
  • Harry J. Kalven, Jr. Prize,Law & Society Association, 2012
  • Peterson-Krivo Mentoring Award, American Sociological Association, Crime, Law & Deviance Section, 2012
  • Awarded Stockholm Prize in Criminology, 2009
  • Albert J. Reiss Book Award, American Sociological Association (with W. Rymond-Richmond)
  • Michael J. Hindelang Book Award, American Society of Criminology (with W. Rymond-Richmond)
  • Co-Director, Center for Law and Globalization, American Bar Foundation and University of Illinois College of Law
  • Appointed Member, National Scientific Advisory Council, National Survey of Adolescent Health
  • Editor, Annual Review of Law and Social Science
  • Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Criminology
  • Criminology Editor, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Member, Editorial Boards, Social Problems, Sociological ForumSocial Forces, European Journal of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Theoretical Criminology, and Canadian Journal of Law & Society


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