Photos by Blane Marable Photography.

Photos by Blane Marable Photography.

The Susette M. Talarico Lecture, presented by the Criminal Justice Studies Program and the Criminal Justice Society, is hosted annually in memory of Dr. Talarico, a long-time director of the Criminal Justice Studies Program. With support from the Susette M. Talarico Fund, the Criminal Justice Society, the Departments of Political Science and Sociology, this lecture series has brought practitioners and scholars to campus to speak on a wide variety of current issues in criminal justice.

To support the Susette M. Talarico Fund, click here.

The content and opinions expressed during events hosted by the School of Public & International events do not necessarily reflect the views of nor are they endorsed by the University of Georgia or the University System of Georgia.

2024 Susette M. Talarico Lecture

The Criminal Justice Studies Program and the Criminal Justice Society invite you to the

2024 Susette M. Talarico Lecture

presented by

Dr. Reuben Jonathan Miller

MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow and University of Chicago sociologist


Thursday, April 11, 2024
2:30 – 3:30 PM


Victor K. Wilson Memorial Hall Ballroom
101 Sanford Drive
Athens, GA 30602
View Map »

MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow and University of Chicago sociologist Dr. Reuben Miller is the author of Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration, a “persuasive and essential” (Dr. Matthew Desmond) book that offers a “stunning, and deeply painful reckoning with our nation’s carceral system” (Heather Ann Thompson).  As a chaplain at the Cook County Jail in Chicago and as a sociologist studying mass incarceration, he has spent years alongside prisoners, formerly incarcerated people, their families, and their friends to understand the lifelong burden that even a single arrest can entail. What his work reveals is a simple, if overlooked truth: life after incarceration is its own form of prison.

Miller is an associate professor at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice and a research professor at the American Bar Foundation. Before coming to Chicago, he was an assistant professor of social work at the University of Michigan, a faculty affiliate with the Populations Studies Center, the Program for Research on Black Americans, and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. He has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; a fellow at New America and the Rockefeller Foundation; and a visiting scholar at the University of Texas at Austin and Dartmouth College. A native son of Chicago, he lives with his wife and children on the city’s South Side.

The 2024 Susette M. Talarico Lecture is co-sponsored by the School of Public & International Affairs, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Institute for African American Studies, School of Social Work, and the Law School.


2009: Valerie E. Caproni, general counsel of the FBI
2010: Joe D. Whitley, former general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security
2011: Leah Ward Sears, Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice
2013: John Hagan, John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law, Northwestern University / Co-director, Center on Law & Globalization at the American Bar Foundation
2014: Michael P. Downing, Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department
2015: Victor Rios, University of California-Santa Barbara
2016: Steven E. Clark, Director, Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies Director / Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside
2017: Dr. Christopher Uggen, Regents Professor and Martindale Chair in Sociology and Law, University of Minnesota
2018: Chief Louis M. Dekmar, Chief of Police and Chief of Public Safety for the City of LaGrange
2019: Judge Steve Goss, Superior Court Judge for the Court of Appeals of Georgia
2020: Dr. John Patrick Jarvis, Academic Dean, FBI Academy
2021: Dr. Brian N. Williams (AB ’88, MPA ’91, PhD ’95), Associate Professor of Public Policy in the Batten School of Leadership at the University of Virginia
2022: Dr. Valarie P. Hans, Charles F. Rechlin Professor of Law, Cornell Law School  |  View Lecture Recording »
2023: Jim Newton, Veteran Journalist, Author & Teacher  | View Lecture Recording »