John Hagan is John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University and Co-Director of the Center on Law & Globalization at the American Bar Foundation. He was elected Member of the of the National Academy of Sciences, 2017, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2010, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 1988. Hagan is perhaps best known with co-author Alberto Palloni for their mortality estimate of the Darfur genocide published in Science in 2006 and his 2009 Cambridge University Press book co-authored with Wenona Rymond-Richmond on Darfur and the Crime of Genocide. He is the author of the 2012 Princeton University Press book, Who Are the Criminals? The Politics of Crime Policy from the Age of Roosevelt to the Age of Reagan and the 2015 Cambridge University Press book with Josh Kaiser and Anna Hanson, Iraq and the Crimes of Aggressive War, and with Bill McCarthy of the 1998 Cambridge University Press book, Mean Streets: Youth Crime and Homelessness. Hagan received the 2009 Stockholm Prize in Criminology, the 2012 Harry Kalven Prize from the Law & Society Association, and the 2015 Cesare Beccaria Gold Medal from the German Society of Criminology.

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Hagan developed an early interest in subjective justice that resulted in co-authored articles on race, ethnicity and perceptions of criminal injustice published in the American Sociological Review and the American Journal of Sociology. His recent research with Holly Foster focuses on life course effects of parental incarceration on children and led to their organization of a White House conference on this topic. Much of Hagan's recent work has focused on international criminal law, including co-authored books on Justice in the Balkans, Darfur and the Crime of Genocide, and Iraq and the Crimes of Aggressive War. He is co-author of a mortality estimate of the Darfur genocide published in Science and of an analysis of the racial targeting of sexual violence in Darfur published in the American Journal of Public Health. Hagan's Presidential Address to the American Society of Criminology analyzed the role of poverty in crime. This theme is central to his research with Bill McCarthy on homeless youth for their book, Mean Streets. As a Guggenheim Fellow, Hagan studied the migration of American Vietnam war resisters to Canada described in the book Northern Passage. His articles and book, Structural Criminology, present a power-control theory of crime and delinquency.

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Section 53: Social and Political Sciences