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Today is the official publication date for my latest book, Coxsackie: The Life and Death of Prison Reform.  Over the coming days and weeks, I’ll be posting news and reflections related to the book.  Here’s the cover: The photograph on … Continue reading

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Is Seeing Believing?

Former students of mine will recall occasional references to the blogging done by filmmaker Errol Morris at the New York Times.  Here’s a slightly delayed link to the first part of a fascinating two-part post.  I can’t write more without … Continue reading

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Declines, Crashes, and Seeing in Time

My history and policy students have been spending some time discussing the manner in which we “see in time”–the connections we make between past, present and future.  These connections become all the more important when they are part of decision-making … Continue reading

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Scuttling Between Past and Present

History and Public Policy students will surely find this piece from Sunday’s Gaurdian of interest.  In it, historian Andrew Davies attempts to contextualize the recent English rioting by reminding readers that “we have been here before.” Andrew Davies is currently … Continue reading

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Joseph Spillane

Welcome!  I’m currently Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida, where I am also an Associate Professor in the Department of History, and an affiliate faculty of the Criminology … Continue reading

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