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A criminological perspective on what’s happening in the USA

On the 26th of January 2021 at 7:00 pm (1:00 pm EST) we held an Online event with the topic of "A criminological perspective on what's happening in the USA, a conversation about crimes of the powerful".

The Trump presidency has shifted public and political discourse in the U.S. Conspiracy theories thrive and many people seem to believe that the end is nigh. Since Donald Trump is refusing to concede his defeat in the November 2020 election, a development that seems chaotic from the outside has picked up pace and led to insurrectionists storming the Capitol on January 6, to prevent the electoral vote certification of Joe Biden’s victory. How to make sense of this? Criminology provides us with theories and analytic tools for the analysis of deviant behavior – including crimes of the powerful. In this session, we used criminological equipment and discussed recent events in the U.S. with three leading scholars of state crime criminology.


Prof. Dr. Gregg Barak, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, Eastern Michigan University

Prof. Dr. Raymond J. Michalowski, Regents' Professor at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University

Prof. Dr. Dawn L. Rothe, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida Atlantic University

Prof. Dr. Ronald C. Kramer, Department of Sociology, Western Michigan University

and Prof. Carsten Momsen and Prof. Kirstin Drenkhahn of Freie Universität Berlin, as well as Sarah Lisa Washington of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law & Bronx Defenders, NY.

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