Dr Vanessa Barker
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Organisation: Department of Sociology
Phone: +46(0)8-16 3714
Stockholm University Department of Sociology
106 91 Stockholm


Vanessa Barker is Docent and Associate Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University. She has recently published on democracy and punishment, democracy and deportation, and the welfare state and comparative penal sanctioning. In the US, she works on questions about the prison and the public sphere. In Europe, she is working on a comparative project on global mobility, penal order, and border protest. She is currently Book Review Editor for the international journal Punishment & Society, on the Editorial Board of Law & Society Review, and on the International Advisory Board for Theoretical Criminology. She recently joined the Research Advisory Board of the Howard League for Penal Reform. She participates in several collaborative research networks: Border Criminologies (http://bordercriminologies.law.ox.ac.uk/), CRN Punishment & Social Control and the Border Crossing Observatory.

Recent Papers
In production. "Border Protest: The Role of Civil Society in Transforming Border Control," in Leanne Weber (ed) Rethinking Border Control for a Globalizing World http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415708333/

2013. "Nordic Exceptionalism Revisited: Explaining the Paradox of a Janus-faced Penal Regime," Theoretical Criminology17 (1): 3-23. Best Article Award, Theoretical Criminology 2013 http://tcr.sagepub.com/

2013. "Democracy and Deportation: Why Membership Matters Most," in Mary Bosworth and Katja F. Aas (eds) Borders of Punishment: Migration, Citizenship and Social Exclusion. Oxford: Oxford University Press. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199669394.do

2013. "Prison and the Public Sphere: Toward a Democratic Theory of Penal Order," in David Scott (ed) Why Prison? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/law/criminal-law/why-prison

2012. "Global Mobility and Penal Order: Criminalizing Migration, a view from Europe." Sociology Compass 6 (2): 113-121.

3 Most Cited Works
2009. The Politics of Imprisonment: How the Democratic Process Shapes the Way American Punishes Offenders. Crime & Public Policy Series, Oxford University Press. http://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-politics-of-imprisonment-9780195370027;jsessionid=FE593D1C7E4F22FAD6FCA6EB4339FAFD?cc=se&lang=en&

2007. "The Politics of Pain: A Political Institutionalist Analysis of Crime Victims' Moral Protests." Law & Society Review 41 (3):619-664.

2006. "The Politics of Punishing: Building a State Governance Theory of American Imprisonment Variation." Punishment & Society 8 (1): 5-33