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Professor Michael Welch

Visiting Fellow, September 2006 - September 2007

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Michael Welch is Professor in the Criminal Justice program at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey (USA). He received a PhD in sociology from the University of North Texas and his research interests include punishment and social control, particularly as they interact with human rights. He is author of numerous books, including Crimes of Power and States of Impunity: The U.S. Response to Terror (2009, Rutgers University Press), Scapegoats of September 11th: Hate Crimes and State Crimes in the War on Terror (2006, Rutgers University Press), Ironies of Imprisonment (2005, Sage), and Detained: Immigration Laws and the Expanding I.N.S. Jail Complex (2002, Temple University Press). Welch is currently expanding his research on the war on terror, especially as it produces controversial detention practices and related human rights violations around the globe.

Recent journal articles:

  • Welch, Michael (2009) "American Pain-ology in the War on Terror: A Critique of 'Scientific' Torture." Theoretical Criminology, In press
  • Welch, Michael (2009) "Fragmented Power and State-Corporate Killings: A Critique of Blackwater in Iraq." Crime, Law, and Social Change, 51: 351-364.
  • Welch, Michael (2009) "Guantanamo Bay as a Foucauldian Phenomenon: An Analysis of Penal Discourse, Technologies, and Resistance" The Prison Journal, 89(1): 3-20.
  • Welch, Michael (2009) "States of Impunity: A Fou-Cohen-dian Critique of Bush's War on Terror." Delito y Sociedad: Revista de Ciencias Sociales (Argentina): In press.
  • Welch, Michael (2008) "Ordering Iraq: Reflections on Power, Discourse, & Neocolonialism." Critical Criminology: An International Journal, 16(4): 257-269.