Research Speaker Series







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



Tuesday, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Valerie Jenness

Valerie Jenness, Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine, is a currently a Senior Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the Univeristy of Michigan.


Tuesday, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Carolyn Sufrin
“I Didn’t Get Arrested, I Got Rescued”: Reproduction and the Problem of Care in the Safety Net Behind Bars

In this talk, Carolyn Sufrin explores how this apparent contradiction takes form in the ways that pregnancy is managed and experienced by women incarcerated at an urban county jail in California.

Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD, is an Ob/Gyn and a medical anthropologist who has worked extensively on reproductive health issues affecting incarcerated women.  She has provided clinical care to women in jail, conducted clinical and ethnographic research, established a rotation for Ob/Gyn residents in jail, and worked on advocacy issues such as legislation to prohibit shackling of pregnant incarcerated women. 


Tuesday, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Nicole Conzalez Van Cleve

Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve is an Assistant Professor at Temple University in the Department of Criminal Justice with courtesy appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Beasley School of Law. She is a recipient of the 2014-2015 Ford Foundation Fellowship Postdoctoral Award and a Visiting Scholar at the American Bar Foundation.


Thursday, 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Andrew I. Schoenholtz and Jaya Ramji-Nogales

At Georgetown Law, Andrew I. Schoenholtz directs the Human Rights Institute, the Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies, and the Center for Applied Legal Studies, the asylum clinic. He is also the Deputy Director of Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration.

Professor Jaya Ramji-Nogales specializes in immigration law, international law, procedure and process. She currently teaches civil procedure, evidence, gender and migration, and refugee law and policy.


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