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Centre hosts Outstanding Young Researcher

Norwood Andrews is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Texas, Austin, working under the supervision of Professor David M. Oshinsky. Norwood graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1991 from Cornell University, winning the Robert S. Lusting Prize. In 2003 he completed his MA at the University of Texas.

Currently Norwood is completing his PhD on 'Sunbelt Justice: Federal Policy and the Transformation of Crime, Punishment, and Politics in Texas', which surveys the period from the 1960s to the present. As an Outstanding Young Researcher at Warwick, he will complete chapters on criminal sentence reform, policing metropolitan areas and capital punishment. Working closely with colleagues in the Centre for the History of Medicine at Warwick and the History Department, especially Dr Mathew Thomson, he will develop research on how ideas and imagery associated with medicine and public health have been used to lend legitimacy to the practices of criminal justice agencies. In Texas in recent decades new ways of invoking the symbolism of medicine and therapy have had the effect of reinforcing barriers of race and class, encouraging the use of force by police and promoting punitive practices. The Fellowship will provide Mr Andrews with the opportunity to relate his case study to a broader transatlantic history of social policy ideas, their cultural determinants and development across the disciplines.

A workshop will be organised during his stay around the theme of medicine and punishment in the twentieth century.