Neil Weiner, Vera’s former research director and senior fellow for research, evaluation, and policy, passed away in July 2009. Shortly before his passing, Neil helped create a research speaker series that has been named in his honor. The Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series invites prominent researchers to speak about their work on justice issues. For more information, please e-mail Chelsea Davis at cdavis@vera.org



Thursday, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Marie Gottschalk
Are We There Yet?: The Carceral State and the Future of Penal Reform

Professor Gottschalk specializes in American politics, with a focus on criminal justice, health policy, race, the development of the welfare state, and business-labor relations. Her latest book is Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics (Princeton University Press, 2014). She is also the author of The Prison and the Gallows: The Politics of Mass Incarceration in America (Cambridge University Press, 2006).


The Public and Criminological Expertise 
David Garland

Rethinking Research Methods
Bernard Harcourt

Race and the Carceral Continuum
Carla Shedd


Reinventing American Policing
Cynthia Lum and Daniel Nagin

Mass Incarceration and the Masking of Inequality
Becky Pettit