The reason sanctuary churches go public with immigrant stories

March 2017

Susan Bibler Coutin, professor of criminology, law and society and anthropology, discussed the history of the sanctuary church movement with NPR's Code Switch. Churches today are responding to President Trump's immigration crackdown by shielding immigrants who face deportation, and allowing them take sanctuary at church, where immigration agents usually don't arrest them. Churches did the same thing in the 1980s, when Central Americans fleeing war in their home countries came to the U.S. -- and faced potential deportation. Churches went public with those stories, and led a movement that ended up changing culture and policy.

Why Trump won't reduce crime by shutting the door on immigrants

March 2017

Charis Kubrin, professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is quoted in Univsion News discussing her research on how immigration affects crime levels. Contrary to what many people believe, Kubrin found that greater levels of immigration in a community correlated with lower levels of crime. Her study, co-authored with Graham Ousey of the College of William and Mary, will be published in the inaugural issue of The Annual Review of Criminology.

Lawmakers consider bills to protect juveniles questioned by police

March 2017

The National Registry of Exonerations, a project under the UCI Newkirk Center for Science and Society, is featured in The Oregonian for its research on exonerations that have occurred in Oregon. Their research educates readers as to the number of exonerations that involved false confessions as Oregon lawmakers consider bills to protect juveniles questioned by police.

2017 Chancellor’s Club Fellowship Recipient

March 2017

The Chancellor's Club is a community of UC Irvine alumni, parents, faculty and friends who care deeply about this university and who have made a commitment to invest in its greatest needs. Established in 1972 by founding Chancellor, Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr., the purpose of Chancellor’s Club gifts are to support undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, and other areas of critical need as determined by the Chancellor. This year, one graduate student from the School of Social Ecology received the 2017 Chancellor's Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship.

Women's History Month: Elizabeth Loftus

March 2017

Recently named an AAAS fellow and recipient of the 2016 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science

With the passage of Public Law 100-9 on March 12, 1987, Congress established March as Women’s History Month to honor the many contributions American women have made to our nation. In the School of Social Ecology, we have numerous female faculty members making history -- including Elizabeth Loftus.