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John Hagan

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Research Professor

Joint appointment

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


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Alberta


John Hagan is the editor of Annual Review of Law and Social Science. He co-author with Alberto Palloni of “Death in Darfur” in Science and is co-author with Wenona Rymond-Richmond of the…

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Research focus

International criminal law, war crimes, lawyers, youth crime, war resistance.


Explaining Death and Atrocity in Darfur
Latest finding: Feb 9, 2009, with Alberto Palloni
Drawing on a unique set of data - interviews with refugees - this project is examining empirically the claims of genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. It will provide an objective and…

Early Post-Law School Careers of Women and Men Lawyers in U.S. and German Cities

Latest finding: Aug 28, 2014, with Hans Merkens, Patricia Parker, and Gabriele Plickert
International Study of Lawyers Berlin - Frankfurt am Main - New York City - Washington D.C. Free University Berlin and Law Associations of Berlin and Frankfurt Internationale…
Parental Incarceration and Intergenerational Social Exclusion: “The Long Arm of the Law”
Latest finding: Jan 23, 2008, with Holly Foster
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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“The Color of Glass: The Career Progress of Men and Women of Color in Private Law Firms” (with M. Payne-Pikus & J. Hagan)
Research Brief prepared for Diversity and Flexibility Alliance Conference
“It’s Political: Reframing Sociological Criminology”
42 Contemporary Sociology 687
“Perceived Danger and Offending: Exploring the Links between Violent Victimization and Street Crime” (with F. Tyler & B. McCarthy
28 Violence and Victims 16

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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

  • 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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