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Exploring the Issues of Immigration and Deportation


Posted 09/09/2015
Posted by David Isgur


As immigration has become such a hot-button issue in the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign, the University of Hartford is presenting a talk by David Brotherton, a noted criminologist and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center/CUNY, on “The Criminalization of the Immigrant and Deportation as a Theater of Cruelty.” The talk which is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m. in the Shaw Center at the University of Hartford’s Hillyer Hall.

Brotherton was named Critical Criminologist of the Year in 2011 and has been nominated for the 2011 George Orwell Prize in England and the C.Wright Mills Award in the United States. In 2003 and 2004, he co-organized the first academic conferences on deportation in the Caribbean and the United States respectively. His current projects include a comparative study of the occupied movements in Europe, the development of holistic policing strategies vis a vis gangs and organized crime in Sweden, and community responses toward the social problems of gangs and deportation in the Caribbean.

Among Brotherton’s recent books, published by Columbia University Press, are: Banished to the Homeland: Dominican Deportees and Their Stories of Exile, with Luis Barrios (2011); Keeping Out The Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Control, edited with P. Kretsedemas (2009); and The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang, with Luis Barrios (2004).

Brotherton grew up in the East End of London, where he worked in various blue-collar jobs while organizing labor and youth. He came to the United States in the 1980s and later worked toward his Ph.D. degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara while teaching public high school in San Francisco. Brotherton gained his doctorate in sociology in 1992 and began work on street gang subcultures at U.C. Berkeley in the same year. In 1994, Brotherton came to John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he continued his research on youth resistance, marginalization, and deportation co-founding the Street Organization Project in 1997.

This event is sponsored by the University of Hartford’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Department of Politics and Government, College of Arts and Sciences, and Hillyer College.