This blog is maintained by Pamela Oliver. I am an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. My specialties are collective action and social movements, race and ethnicity, and racial disparities in criminal justice. My academic home page can be found at http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/~oliver/.  I teach courses in social movements, racial/ethnic movements in the US, and research methods. Since 1999 I have been working on the issue of racial disparities in criminal justice. I have done a lot of quantitative research on this topic. I have especially focused on the patterns of disparity in Wisconsin, which has one of the highest Black/White disparities in the nation.

The purpose of this blog is to highlight academic work on the intersection of race, criminal justice, and politics and to bring that work into dialog with reformers and activists working on these issues. All opinions expressed in this blog are my own and not those of the University of Wisconsin.