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John Hagan, ABF Research Professor, Receives Kalven Prize from Law and Society Association

June 13, 2012, Press releases


Chicago, IL June 13, 2012 - American Bar Foundation Research Professor John Hagan is the recipient of the 2012 Harry J. Kalven, Jr. Prize, awarded by the Law and Society Association. The award was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association June 5-8 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

 The Kalven Prize, awarded annually, is given for "empirical scholarship that has contributed most effectively to the advancement of research in law and society.” Hagan, who holds a joint appointment as the John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University, is an internationally recognized expert on topics such as war crimes and human rights, youth violence, the social costs of incarceration, and the legal profession.

 Hagan received the 2009 Stockholm Prize in Criminology for his pathbreaking work on the causes of genocide in Darfur and the Balkans, and was elected in 2010 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Hagan is a former President of the American Society of Criminology and received Guggenheim, German Marshall Fund, and Russell Sage Foundation Fellowships, as well as the C. Wright Mills, Albert Reiss, and Michael J. Hindelang Awards.

 “We congratulate John Hagan on being recognized with this prestigious award,” said Robert L. Nelson, Director of the ABF. "This prize recognizes that Hagan has done work of extraordinary creativity and rigor on issues of utmost importance--the treatment of homeless youth, genocide in the Balkans and Darfur, the effects of incarceration on children, gender inequality in the legal profession.  We are proud to have supported research of such caliber and significance.” He added, “Throughout his career, John Hagan’s penetrating and rigorous research on the law and legal processes has exemplified all that the Kalven Prize is meant to honor.”

Hagan is the co-author, with Wenona Rymond-Richmond, of Darfur and the Crime of Genocide (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and the author of Justice in the Balkans (University of Chicago Press, 2003).  His most recent book is Who are the Criminals?: The Politics of Crime Policy from the Age of Roosevelt to the Age of Reagan, (Princeton University Press, 2010).

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