Sudhir Venkatesh - "Gang Leader for a Day"
The Criminal Justice Graduate Student Association is pleased to present a lecture by acclaimed ethnographic researcher Sudhir Venkatesh on April 6, 2011, 10 am. Click here for more information.
Celebration of Professor Mark Haller's scholarship
photo (from left to right): Dr. Alan Harland, Dr. Mark Haller and Dr. Eric Schneider
On May 1st, 2009, the Department of Criminal Justice hosted an afternoon event to honor the scholarship of Professor Mark Haller. As part of this event Dr. Eric Schneider (above) from the University of Pennsylvania delivered a seminar presentation.
Professor Haller is known for his ground-breaking research on the economics of illegal enterprise which has shown how such activities both reflect and influence the history of ethnic groups, urban geography, professional sports, popular culture, changing technology, and other social factors. In the 1970s he gained complete access to the raw intelligence files of the Capone income tax investigation and established that the picture of him as a "boss" of a bootlegging operation, as found in the media and scholarly works, was largely mythical. In 1990 he was offered complete access to all of the intelligence files of the Pennslvania Crime Commission and found that the standard picture of so-called "mafia" organizations in the U.S. fails to understand the structure and functions of such operations.
Professor Haller also played a founding role in establishing the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple and then in providing his invaluable guidance for more than three decades of our development into one of the nation's leading departments.