Areas of Research/Interest: The American Death Penalty; the legal institutions of punishment and control; history and sociology of criminological knowledge; social solidarity; the welfare state; social theory; the work of Michel Foucault.
Fellowships/Honors: J.S. Guggenheim Fellow, 2006-7; Fellow of the American Society of Criminology; Elected a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford 1997 (Visit TBA); Honorary Visiting Professor, Edinburgh University 1998- present; Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association, class of 1997; Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; a founding editor of Edinburgh Law Review, 1997; Founding Editor-in-Chief of Punishment and Society: The International Journal of Penology.
Articles and book chapters (‘f.c’ indicates forthcoming)
2011 “The Problem of the Body in Modern State Punishment” in Social Research Vol 78: No 3 Fall 2011
2011 “Criminology’s Place in the Academic Field” in M. Bosworth and C. Hoyle (eds) What is Criminology? Oxford University Press (2011)
2011 “Concepts of Culture in the Sociology of Punishment” in D. Melossi, M. Sozzo and R. Sparks (eds) Travels of the Criminal Question: Cultural Embeddness and Diffusion (Hart 2011)
2008 “On the Concept of Moral Panic” in Crime, Media, Culture vol 4 No 1 pp 9- 30
2007 “The Peculiar Forms of American Capital Punishment” in Social Research Vol 72 No 4 pp 435-466
2006 “Concepts of Culture in the Sociology of Punishment” in Theoretical Criminology vol 10 No 4 pp 419-447
2005 “Penal Excess and Surplus Meaning: Public Torture Lynchings in 20th Century America”, in Law & Society Review, vol 39 (December) pp 793-834
2005 “Capital Punishment and American Culture” in Punishment & Society 7(4) (October 2005).
2004 “Beyond the Culture of Control” in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy Vol 7 No 2 (Special issue on Garland’s The Culture of Control) pp 160-89
2004 “The Work of Theory” in Perspectives (April 2004), ASA Theory Section newsletter.
2002 “The Cultural Uses of Capital Punishment” in Punishment & Society: The International Journal of Penology vol 4(4) 2002 pp. 459-487
2000 “The Culture of High Crime Societies: Some preconditions of recent ‘law and order’ policies” in the The British Journal of Criminology (volume 40, No. 3, 2000).
2000 “Criminology, Social Theory and the Challenge of Our Times” (jointly with Richard Sparks) in The British Journal of Criminology (2000) vol. 4 no. 1, 2000 pp 189-204.
Recent presentations and interviews
"David Garland: Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition", The Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series, VERA Voices Podcast Series, VERA Institute of Justice
“Moral Panics”, Special session on “Moral Panics Then and Now”, with Stanley Cohen and Stuart Hall, chaired by Adam Kuper, at the British Academy, London, March 9th 2007 – podcast – on British Academy site