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David Garland

Professor of Sociology , Law

Ph.D. 1984 (Socio-Legal Studies), University of Edinburgh; M.A. 1978 (Criminology), University of Sheffield; LL.B. 1977, University of Edinburgh.

Office Address: 

Puck Building, Room 4142, 295 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012

Office Hours: 




Areas of Research/Interest: 

The welfare state; the American death penalty; the legal institutions of punishment and control; history and sociology of criminological knowledge; social solidarity; social theory; the work of Michel Foucault.

Research Description: 

The fate of the welfare ideal; sources of social order in contemporary society; social solidarity; the death penalty in contemporary America; the history and sociology of lynching in the USA

Curriculum Vitae


Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2015; Shimizu Visiting Professor at the LSE, 2014; Professorial Fellow, Edinburgh University, 2013-16; Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy 2013-; 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.




The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction
Oxford University Press



America's Death Penalty: Between Past and Present
NYU Press



Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition
Harvard University Press



The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society
University of Chicago Press



Mass Imprisonment: Social Causes and Consequences
London, Sage Publications



Criminology and Social Theory
Oxford University Press
(Co-edited with Richard Sparks)



Ethical and Social Perspectives on Situational Crime Prevention
Oxford, Hart Publications.
(Co-edited with A. von Hirsch and A. Wakefield)



A Reader on Punishment
Oxford University Press
(Co-edited with A. Duff)
350 pages



Punishment and Modern Society: A Study in Social Theory
Co-published by the University of Chicago Press and Oxford University Press
312 pages



Punishment and Welfare: A History of Penal Strategies
297 pages



The Power to Punish
(Co-edited with Peter Young)
238 pages

Articles and book chapters (‘f.c’ indicates forthcoming):

“Two or three things I know about Professor Bruner” in Giuseppina Marsico ed, Bruner Beyond 100: Cultivating Possibilities (Springer)
“Social Theory” chapter, co-written with J. Manza, T. Ertman, and L. Haney in The Sociology Project: Introducing the Sociological Imagination (Pearson Educational) 2nd edition.
“Introduction” to Marc Schuilenburg, The Securitization of Society New York: NYU Press
“O que Significa Escrever uma ‘Historia do Presente’? A abordagem Genealogica de Foucault Explicada” Revista Justica e Sistema Criminal vol 6 no 10 pp 73-96
2014“The Welfare State: A Fundamental Dimension of Modern Government” European Journal of Sociology/Archives Europeenes de Sociologie 55(3) December 2014
2014“What is a ‘history of the present’? On Foucault’s genealogies and their critical preconditions” Punishment & Society vol 16(4)
2014“Cultures of Control and Penal States” in Proceedings of Criminology, No. 73, Magyar Kriminológiai Társaság (Hungarian Society of Criminology)
“Why the Death Penalty is Disappearing” in Lill Scherdin (ed) Capital Punishment (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate)
“America’s Peculiar Institution” in Henner Hess and Henning Schmidt-Semisch (eds): Die Sinnprovinz der Kriminalität. Beiträge zur kriminologischen Theorie Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
2013“What does it mean to write a “history of the present”? Foucault, genealogy and the history of criminology” in Quaderni fiorentini per la satorai del pensiero giuridico moderno vol 43 (2013)
2013“Penality and the Penal State” in Criminology Vol 51 Issue 3 pp 475-517 2013 “Sociological Perspectives on Punishment” reprinted in C. Kubrin and T. Stucky (eds) Introduction to Criminal Justice (Stanford CA: Stanford University Press) pp 14-27
2013    “Securitization, Durkheim, Resistance: an interview with David Garland” in Tijdschrift over Cultuur & Criminaliteit 2013 “Introduction to the Italian edition” in Garland, La Pena di Morte, il Saggiatore, Milan
"Introduction to Italian edition" in Garland, La Pena di Morte, il Saggiatore, Milan
2012“Punishment and Social Solidarity” in J. Simon and R. Sparks (eds) The Handbook of Punishment and Society (London: SAGE)
2012“Le processus de civilisation at la peine aux Etats-Unis” in Q. Deluermoz (ed) Norbert Elias (Paris: Editions Perrin) pp 389-423
2012“Whatever Happened to the Death Penalty?” in Hans Nelen and Jacquesd Claessen (eds) Beyond the Death Penalty: Reflections on Punishment (Maastrict, Intersentia) pp. 13-23 2012 “Criminology, Culture, Critique” (A review essay on J. Young’s The Criminological Imagination) British Journal of Criminology, Vol 52 (1) pp 417-425
2012“Frameworks of Analysis in the Sociology of Punishment” reprinted in J. Jacoby et al (eds) Classics of Criminology Long Grove, Ill, Waveland Press (2012)
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)
2009 “A Culturalist Theory of Punishment?” Punishment & Society: The International Journal of Penology vol 11(2) 259-269
“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 20thCentury America”, in Law & Society Review, vol 39 (December) pp 793-834
“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 

Interview on “the culture of control” for Brazilian online magazine, Com Ciencia

“America and its Death Penalty”, Tercentenary Lecture, Edinburgh Univerity Law School, Center for Law and Society, April 18th 2007 – podcast – on Edinburgh Law School website

“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

“American Capital Punishment: Law in the Shadow of Lynching”, Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture, East Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, 1st March 2007

Radio Broadcasts

“Capital Punishment and American Culture” BBC radio 4 programme, Thinking Allowed, with Laurie Taylor, featuring my current research. 1st October, 2003

Updated on 10/27/2015