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Criminal Justice/Legal History Network

The Criminal Justice/Legal History Network is part of the Social Science History Association (SSHA) and the European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC). It is made up of historians, sociologists, economists, criminologists, geographers, lawyers, and other academics and independent scholars who are interested in the history of crime, policing and the law. Members include both “bean counters” and “non-bean counters,” scholars focusing on statistics and those exploring the meanings of narratives. The network’s purpose is to provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas and research across disciplines and methodologies. Many members of the network attend the annual meetings of the SSHA and the bi-annual meetings of the ESSHC to participate in sessions, roundtables, and poster displays that include the presentation of papers and discussion on important books, ongoing research projects and new research methods. In addition, members enjoy conference ‘Crime Gang’ dinners and other informal gatherings. While membership in the SSHA is necessary for participating in its conferences, it is not necessary for being a member of the Criminal Justice/Legal History network.

The next SSHA conference is in Boston, Massachusetts, November 17-21, 2011. You can access information on programs, hotels, transportation, and conference registration on the SSHA Web page. Anyone with questions regarding the 2011 program should contact the network chairs: Donald Fyson and Libby Garland.  Anyone with questions regarding the 2010 program should contact the network chairs:

The next ESSHC conference will be in Glasgow, Scotland, Spring 2012. You can access information on programs, hotels, transportation, and conference registration on the ESSHC web page. Anyone with questions regarding the 2012 program should contact the network chairs: Anja Johansen, Paul Lawrence and Klaus Weinhauer.

This web site includes information on network membership, links to related sites, announcements, new publications, and class syllabi. If you have any suggestions on other items to include, please contact the web manager, Joanne Klein. This site can be kept up-to-date only with the assistance of network members.