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ASLH publishes Law & History Review through the Cambridge University Press. The journal is available online via the History Cooperative and JSTOR.

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USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research - PhD Candidate Fellowships

The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites proposals for its three research fellowships for advanced-standing PhD candidates: the 2017-2018 Margee and Douglas Greenberg Research Fellowship; the 2017-2018 Robert J. Katz Research Fellowship in Genocide Studies; and the 2017-2018 Inaugural Breslauer, Rutman, and Anderson Research Fellowship.

CFP: Stanford Program in Law & Society Fourth Conference for Junior Researchers "on Law, Innovation and Disruption"

The call for papers for the Stanford Program in Law & Society 4th conference for junior researchers "on Law, Innovation and Disruption," May 12-13, 2017, is now out!

For info about the previous conferences and our program see our web page: https://law.stanford.edu/stanford-program-in-law-and-society/

Re: Jett on Latzer, 'The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America'

I find both this review and the book problematic at best. The idea that crime is a result of culture lends itself quite easily to racism. The statistics that the analysis is supposedly based on admits of more than Jett's two schools of thought as well. For example, criminologists also posit that demography has as much influence on crime as economic conditions. There is also the very disturbing fact ignored by both the reviewer and the author that the crime statistics themselves are constructed - a result of their social, cultural, political, and historical contexts.