September 16, 2011
Political Science Professor Rose Ernst published “Race, Inequality, and the Prioritization of Corrections Spending in the American States” in Race and Justice: An International Journal (July 2011). Co-authored with Professor Christian Breunig, University of Toronto, the article examines spending on prison systems and the dynamics of race and class as they relate to corrections spending. "Everyone should be disturbed that we spend so much money on prisons,” said Ernst. "There is no significant link between actual levels of crime and the prioritization of corrections spending in state budgets. The research substantiated Michelle Alexander's description of the prison system in the United States as the 'New Jim Crow.'" Ernst, who has been on the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2007, focuses her research on social movements and change, public policy, critical race theory, and the politics of race, gender, class, and sexuality. In 2010, NYU Press published her book “The Price of Progressive Politics: The Welfare Rights Movement in an Era of Colorblind Racism.”The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 graduate degrees.
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