Keynote Speakers

Critical Intersections of Crime and Social Justice has several keynote speakers

Dr. Hillary Potter


Dr. Hillary Potter is a Black feminist criminologist and resident of Denver, Colorado.  She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado at Bounder and an M.A. in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Potter's research focuses on the critical analysis of the intersections of race, gender, and class as they relate to crime and violence.  She is currently researching antiviolence activism in Black and Latinx communities, with field research in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Denver; men's use of violence; and intimate partner abuse against women of Color.  Dr. Potter is the author of Intersectionality and Criminology:  Disrupting and Revolutionizing Studies of Crime (Routledge Press, 2015) and Battle Cries:  Black Women and Intimate Partner Abuse (New York University Press, 2008), and editor of Racing the Storm:  Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina (Lexington Books, 2007).

Dr. Elliott Currie


Elliott Currie is Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine. He has also taught in the Legal Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley, and in the Board of Studies in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Professor Currie is the author of many works on crime, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse and social policy, including Confronting Crime (1985), Dope and Trouble: Portraits of Delinquent Youth (1991), Reckoning: Drugs, the Cities, and the American Future (1993), and Crime and Punishment in America (1998), which was a finalist for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. A revised and updated edition of Crime and Punishment in America was published in 2013 on Picador. He is a coauthor of Whitewashing Race: the Myth of a Colorblind America (2003), a finalist for the C. Wright Mills award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems in 2004 and winner of the 2004 Book Award from the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change. His book The Road to Whatever: Middle Class Culture and the Crisis of Adolescence, a study of troubled middle-class youth in America, appeared in 2005. His newest book, the second edition of The Roots of Danger: Violent Crime in Global Perspective, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015.


He has been a consultant to many organizations concerned with crime prevention, social policy, and the enhancement of juvenile and criminal justice, both in the United States and overseas, including the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation, the National Advisory Council on Economic Opportunity, the California Governor’s Task Force on Civil Rights, and the Home Office of Great Britain.


He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the August Vollmer Award from the American Society of Criminology and both the Donald Cressey Award and the Prevention for a Safer Society (PASS) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.


Dr. Currie is a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago, and received his Ph. D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Judah Schept


Judah Schept, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Indiana University and a BA in Sociology from Vassar College. Judah’s work examines the political economy, historical geography, and cultural politics of the prison industrial complex. He is the author of Progressive Punishment: Job Loss, Jail Growth, and the Neoliberal Politics of Carceral Expansion, (New York University Press, 2015). In addition, Judah’s writing can be found in journals such as Radical Criminology, Theoretical Criminology, Punishment and Society, Social Justice, and Crime, Media, Culture, as well as in blogs and opinion pieces for academic and activist websites. Judah’s current research examines the historical, spatial and political relationships between extractive and prison economies in Central Appalachia.


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