American Sociological Association

Section on Crime, Law, and Deviance

Annual Meeting

Crime, Law, and Deviance Section at the ASA Annual Meeting

The ASA 114th Annual Meeting will be held August 10-13, 2019 in New York. The Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association provides the opportunity for professionals involved in the scientific study of society to share knowledge and new directions in research and practice. Approximately 600 program sessions are convened during the four-day meeting held every August to provide participation venues and networking outlets for nearly 3,000 research papers and over 4,600 presenters.

Crime, Law, and Deviance Call for Papers and Invited Sessions:

Session 1: Crime, Law and Deviance Refereed Roundtables (one hour).

We invite paper submissions on all topics in the areas of crime, law, and deviance presentation in our refereed roundtable session. Paper submissions will be grouped thematically, with two to four presentations per table plus a discussant (when available).

In addition to paper submissions for the roundtables, we invite students to submit 1-2 page “concept papers” that summarize dissertation ideas or work in progress, and/or topics devoted professional development, such as diversity and mentorship. The submitted concept papers will be presented briefly by the author and discussed in roundtables led by senior scholars with appropriate expertise.  The submitted professional development topics will also be presented by an author and discussed broadly at the roundtable(s).

Session Organizers: Andrew Gray, Suzy McErath, Talisa Carter

*Session will be one-hour in length; followed by the Section’s 40-minute business meeting.


Session 2: Open Call: New Directions and Innovation in the Study of Crime and Justice.

We invite submissions that address substantively important questions organized around the broad themes of crime and justice. Of particular interest is research that employs innovative methods or data, investigates novel mechanisms, advances our knowledge of crime trends, or other new directions.

Session Organizer: Ashley Mancik, U of South Carolina


Session 3: Invited:  Race/Ethnicity and Police Shootings: Call for New Data and Knowledge

This invited panel offers research that explores the relationship between race/ethnicity and police shootings/killings.  Panelist will generate timely and important discussions about the topic of race/ethnicity and police shootings/killings, as well as challenge us to explore new forms of data. This session fits well with the ASA conference theme focusing on social justice, “Engaging Social Justice for a Better World” and marks the 5th year anniversary of the incident and death of Eric Garner involving a NYPD officer.

Session Organizer: Karen F. Parker University of Delaware


Session 4: Open Call: Exploring Crime, Law and Deviance

We invite submission that address important and timely topics of crime, law and deviance.  Particular interest is research that explores inequalities, disparities and potential solutions to reducing inequality through advancing scholarly attention or policy. Both qualitative and quantitative pieces are encouraged. 

Session Organizers: Mike Vuolo, Ohio State University and Jon Brauer, Indiana University


Session 5: Open Call: Pathways to Social Justice

We invite submission that address broadly critical issues of crime, law and social justice.  Particular interest is research that explores social justice, and fits with the ASA conference theme.  Pursuits of social justice through community partnerships and/or interdisciplinary work are encouraged.  Both qualitative and quantitative pieces are also encouraged. 

Session Organizers: Mike Vuolo, Ohio State University and Jon Brauer, Indiana University


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