Marie Gottschalk

235 Stiteler Hall
Office Hours: Tuesday 2PM - 4:30PM

Marie Gottschalk is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in American politics, with a focus on public policy, including criminal justice, health policy, the development of the welfare state, and business-labor relations.

She is the author of, among other works, The Prison and the Gallows: The Politics of Mass Incarceration in America (Cambridge, 2006), which won the 2007 Ellis W. Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians, and The Shadow Welfare State: Labor, Business, and the Politics of Health Care in the United States (Cornell, 2000). She is completing a new book, Caught: Race, Neoliberalism, and the Future of the Carceral State and American Politics, which examines the political possibilities for significantly reducing the incarceration rate in light of mounting budgetary and other pressures.

She is a former editor and journalist and was a university lecturer for two years in the People’s Republic of China. In 2001-02 she was a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York, and in 2009 she was named a Distinguished Lecturer in Japan by the Fulbright Program. She served on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences national task force on mass incarceration and is currently a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration. She has a B.A. in history from Cornell University, an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University.

Selected Publications: 

“Mass Incarceration and the Politics of Punishment,” in Jonathan Simon and Richard Sparks, eds., Handbook of Punishment and Society (Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 2012): 205-41.

“No Way Out? Life Sentences and the Politics of Penal Reform,” in Charles Ogletree and Austin Sarat, eds.,  Life Without Parole: America’s New Death Penalty? (New York: NYU Press, 2012): 227-81.

“What’s Money Got to Do With It? The Great Recession and the Great Confinement,” in Marc Mauer and Kate Epstein, eds., To Build a Better Criminal Justice System: 25 Experts Envision the Next 25 Years of Reform (Washington, DC: The Sentencing Project, 2012): 20-21.

“Days Without End: Life Sentences and Penal Reform,” Prison Legal News 23.1 (January 2012): 1-15.

“The Past, Present, and Future of Mass Incarceration in the United States,” Criminology & Public Policy 10.3 (August 2011): 483-504.

 “Prison Overcrowding and Brown v. Plata,” The New Republic online, June 8, 2011.

“The Long Shadow of the Death Penalty: Mass Incarceration, Capital Punishment, and Penal Policy in the United States,” in Austin Sarat and Jurgen Martschukat, eds., Is the Death Penalty Dying? European and American Perspectives (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011): 292-321.

“The Great Recession and the Great Confinement: The Economic Crisis and the Future of Penal Reform,” in Richard Rosenfeld, Kenna Quinet, and Crystal Garcia, eds., Contemporary Issues in Criminological Theory and Research: The Role of Social Institutions (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage, 2011): 343-370.

 “Cell Blocks and Red Ink: Mass Incarceration, the Great Recession, and Penal Reform,” Daedalus 139:3 (Summer 2010): 62-73.

“City on a Hill, City Behind a Wall: Criminal Justice, Social Justice, and American Exceptionalism,” Nanzan Review of American Studies, vol. 31 (2009).

“U.S. Health Reform and the Stockholm Syndrome,” in Leo Panitch and Colin Leys, eds., Morbid Symptoms: Health Under Capitalism, special issue of the Socialist Register (Pontypool, Wales: Merlin Press, 2009): 103-24.

“Sick on Arrival: Health Care Reform in the Age of Obama,“ New Labor Forum 18:3 (Fall 2009): 28-36.

Courses Taught: 
  • The American Presidency 
  • Race and Criminal Justice 
  • The Politics of Crime and Punishment 
  • American Political Development 
  • Business, Government, and Public Policy

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