Chris Uggen's Blog: pubcrim II

Thursday, January 04, 2007

pubcrim II

after grappling with newblogger on the site for a couple days, michelle and i decided to bag it and launch pubcrim II. there's no archive yet, but she just put up a cool post on her new inside-out course at oregon state (oregon state pen, that is, as well as oregon state u).

would you teach any differently if you did your next course in prison? if you were teaching a class of 50% prisoners and 50% university students? i've long wanted to run an inside-out course, but never put in the required training (now that i think about it, this is precisely the same reason i haven't run an ironman triathlon. well, that and the swimming). michelle promises to post updates on her experiences with the course at pubcrim II, and i'll keep posting my sociological criminology stuff there as well.*

*for the record, the archive is still available at, but the new site is at i've reset the forwarding, so you can also reach the latter from and


At 10:56 AM, Anonymous oblion said...

Have you taught in the prisions here? I forget the name, but I was asked to do it once (the person who runs it is at Ausburg). It was just on the "inside." I was not able to do it, but there were many hoops to go through... getting everything approved beforehand (notes, vidoes, etc), having to use the textbooks they have available or being able to provide enough for all, and more training. They do pay people for doing this, but stated they would like if people would do it on a volunteer basis.

At 8:39 PM, Blogger Dan Myers said...

I once was hired to teach an inside class (social psychology)--which had the added twist of having both prisoners and prison guards in the class. Everything looked like it was going to work out until I visited the prison the first time. They told me my hair was too long and I'd have to cut it if I wanted to keep the job. In retrospect, I should have just cut it, but it didn't seem right at the time. And combined with the other difficulties of doing it (travel, the hoops olion mentioned) it ewas just the camel that broke the camel's back. Still regretting that decision though.

At 10:23 AM, Anonymous chris said...

i have yet to teach in prisons, although dave ward once ran a grad seminar with some high-profile federal inmates (on rational choice theories of crime, as i believe).

the hair requirement is funny -- i don't think either of us would run into that particular problem today :)


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