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Join us on May 22, 2021 for Undergraduate Research and our Keynote Event.

The Event is FREE! Registration Required to Attend the Livestream.

Undergraduate Students: Submit your abstract to participate!

Keynote Speaker:

Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration A Conversation with Reuben Jonathan Miller


Reuben Jonathan Miller

Join Professor Miller to discuss his book Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration. Drawing on ethnographic data collected across three iconic American cities—Chicago, Detroit, and New York—Miller will explore what it means to live in a supervised society and how we might find our way out. Each year, more than half a million Americans are released from prison and join a population of twenty million people who live with a felony record. Miller examines the afterlife of mass incarceration, attending to how U.S. criminal justice policy has changed the social life of the city and altered the contours of American Democracy one (most often poor black American) family at a time. Reuben Miller, a former chaplain at the Cook County Jail in Chicago and now a sociologist studying mass incarceration, spent years alongside prisoners, ex-prisoners, their friends, and their families to understand the lifelong burden that even a single arrest can entail. What his work revealed is a simple, if overlooked truth: life after incarceration is its own form of prison. The idea that one can serve their debt and return to life as a full-fledged member of society is one of America’s most nefarious myths. Recently released individuals are faced with jobs that are off-limits, apartments that cannot be occupied, and votes that cannot be cast.They are subject to rules other people are not subject to, and shoulder responsibilities other people are not expected to shoulder. They live in a “supervised society,” a hidden social world we’ve produced through our laws, policies and everyday practices, and in fact, occupy an alternate form of political membership—what Professor Reuben Jonathan Miller calls “carceral citizenship.” Audience Q&A will follow.

Keynote Biography: Reuben Jonathan Miller is a sociologist, criminologist and a social worker who teaches at the University of Chicago in the School of Social Service Administration where he studies and writes about race, democracy, and the social life of the city. He has been a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton New Jersey, a fellow at the New America Foundation 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 Southside.


Students present in a roundtable setting their original research and ideas at a collegial professional conference. The venue is ideal for capstone, field, and other independent research projects.

The annual conference promotes and recognizes original research at the undergraduate level in Anthropology, Sociology, and related social sciences facilitating communication and professional exchange among students and faculty from colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Type of Paper
This year, we particularly encourage presentations in the following formats:

  • Findings from research projects including but not limited to senior thesis, capstone project, and course papers.
  • Reflections on a moment in your journey of becoming a social scientist.
    • Have you taken a course that has shaped your journey in the social sciences?
    • Is there a book or an article that has changed your perception of society?
    • Is there a conversation that has sparked your thoughts regarding the social sciences?
  • Reflections on how recent events have shaped your university experiences as well as your life experiences. 
    • How has the COVID-19 pandemic shaped your university experiences?
    • How has the Black Lives Matter movement shaped your reflections on social justice?
  • Ideas regarding the future of social sciences. 
    • Have you found a new method in social sciences?
    • Do you have thoughts on a new theme in social sciences?

But we will also consider other forms of artistic expression.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit your proposal to A complete proposal must include:

  • A working title of your presentation
  • An abstract that briefly summarizes what you plan to talk about during the roundtable (200-300 words)
  • Three keywords that highlight the themes of your presentation
  • The presenter/s’ affiliation and graduation year

Submissions Close: May 1, 2021

Decision Notification: On a rolling basis 

This virtual event is free of charge. Registration is required. If you have any questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to email We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Conference Committee (in alphabetical order)

Di Di
Matt Kroot
Patrick Lopez-Aguado
Enrique Pumar
Laura Robinson