Past Event

Punishing Trauma Conference

April 26, 2019 - April 27, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Maison Française East Gallery, Buell Hall, Columbia University 515 West 116th Street

Punishing Trauma: A Conference on the Collateral Consequences of Incarceration

About this Event

The conference registration has hit capacity and we have opened a waitlist. If you are interested in attending, please sign up for the waitlist. Waitlist spots will open up the week before the event. Additionally, registration to the conference does not guarantee attendance. Participants will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.

Although the problem of mass incarceration has recently received more wide-spread scrutiny, the negative consequences of incarceration on children, families, and communities still remain under addressed and poorly understood. The Punishing Trauma conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary space for conversations between academic researchers and community-based practitioners who study, work with, and confront these pressing concerns.

Punishing Trauma will feature doctoral students, community organizers and activists, policy-makers, and individuals directly impacted by mass incarceration and mass supervision. Topics examined include the impact and consequences of punishment and surveillance, broadly conceived, on children, families, and communities. Equitable responses to mass incarceration and mass supervision require transdisciplinary and community-based solutions. Punishing Trauma intends to serve as a venue for these crucial connections and conversations.

Click here to see the conference schedule (PDF).

Please note that an RSVP does not guarantee seating, please arrive early as all seating will be first come, first serve.


In Memory of Devon Tyrone Wade, PhD

At his untimely passing, Devon Wade was completing his last year as a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. An accomplished scholar-activist, Devon’s research was borne out of, and driven by, community needs. His dissertation examined how schools develop responses to children impacted by trauma, such as having incarcerated parents.

Devon was posthumously awarded his PhD by Columbia University in May of 2018. Punishing Trauma is organized in his memory, in order to bring together like-minded scholars and activists to address the pressing issues that Devon dedicated his life to.

See the ISERP Event Page for more information.


Thomas DiPrete, Giddings Professor of Sociology and Director, institute of Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), Columbia University

Bailey Brown, Columbia Universitu

Anna Hidalgo, Columbia University

Henry Love, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Kasim Ortiz, University of New Mexico

Joan H. Robinson, Columbia University, Eric Holder Initiative

Dialika Sall, Columbia University

Dominic Walker, Columbia University


Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

Institute for Research in African-American Studies | African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, Columbia University

Department of Sociology, Columbia University

Department of Sociology, Barnard College

Columbia Justice Lab

Center for Justice at Columbia University