Last updated on: 10/1/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Jeff Manza, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Sociology at New York University (NYU)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“In the United States today, by far the largest group of citizens who are denied the right to vote are those who have received a felony conviction… The disenfranchisement of such a large group of felons, and former felons, from participation in democratic elections threatens the health of American democracy in a number of ways….

While states have legitimate reasons to compel felons to make restitution to their victims, and to punish recidivists or violent offenders more harshly than others, there are no logical reasons for imposing disenfranchisement in such cases.”

“Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy,” Oxford University Press, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Sociology, New York University, 2007-present
  • Fellow, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, 2005-2006
  • Member of Editorial Board, Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology
  • Professor of Sociology and Political Science, Northwestern University, 2004-2007
  • Member of Editorial Board, American Sociological Review, 2003-2006
  • Acting Director, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, 2004-2005
  • Associate Director and Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, 2002-2004
  • Associate Professor of Sociology and Political Science, Northwestern University, 2002-2004
  • Member of Editorial Board, The Sociological Quarterly, 2003-2003
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 2002-2002
  • Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, 1998-2002
  • Elected Council Member, American Sociological Association Section on Political Sociology, 1998-2001
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University, 1998-2000
  • American Sociological Association, Distinguished Book Award, 1999
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, Pennsylvania State University, 1996-1998
  • American Sociological Association Dissertation Award, 1995
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Berkeley, 1984
Education:
  • PhD, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1995
  • MA, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
  • BA, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1984
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?
  2. What Is a Felon and What Is a Felony?
  3. Should Felons Be Permitted to Vote while in Prison?
  4. Other Than Voting, What Privileges/Rights Do Felons Lose?
  5. Did Florida's Felon Disenfranchisement Laws Cause Al Gore to Lose the 2000 Presidential Elections?
  6. What Is Disenfranchisement?
  7. Should Felons out of Prison but on Parole or Probation Regain Their Ability to Vote?
  8. What Is the Incarcerated Felon Population by the Type of Crime Committed?
  9. Are Felon Disenfranchisement Laws a Form of Racial Discrimination?
  10. How Do US Felon Disenfranchisement Laws Compare to Those of Other Countries?