Demography hosts Dr. John Eason, former political organizer for Pres. Obama Feb 12
Demography hosts Dr. John Eason, former political organizer for Pres. Obama Feb 12

Dr. John Eason, former political organizer for then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama, will present lecture titled Prisons as Panacea or Pariah? The Countervailing Consequences of the Prison Boom on the Political Economy of Rural Towns.

The Department of Demography will present Dr. John Eason, former political organizer for then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama and assistant professor in the department of sociology at Texas A&M Universityon Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 12pm until 1pm at the UTSA Downtown Campus in the Frio St. Building, Rm 1.402. Dr. Eason’s lecture will focus on Prisons as Panacea or Pariah? The Countervailing Consequences of the Prison Boom on the Political Economy of Rural Towns. Dr. Eason’s areas of interest include crime, race, rural sociology, sociology of punishment, and urban sociology. Dr. Eason’s current research links race, punishment, and spatial inequality to community processes and political economy. This work, which centers on the emergence of the rural ghetto, has forged a new conceptual model of neighborhood disadvantage across rural and urban space. Dr. Eason received his Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago, and earned the 2012 Rural Sociological Society Young Scholar Award while teaching at the School Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He also served as a political organizer, most notably for then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama.  To learn more about Dr. John Eason, you can visit his website www.johneason.com

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