Felon disfranchisement and the history of American citizenship

2520D University Capitol Centre
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Professor Pippa Holloway will present "Felon Disfranchisement and the History of American Citizenship" at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2 in 2520D UCC. The PPC will co-sponsor the event. 

In Iowa, anyone convicted of an infamous crime faces a permanent life-long ban on voting unless they get a special restoration from the governor. "Infamy" is antiquated legal term whose meaning was debated last year by the Iowa Supreme Court. Professor Holloway will discussion her historical scholarship on laws restricting the voting rights of ex-offenders and how her work on the history of infamy was used by the Iowa Supreme Court in its 2016 opinion in Griffin v. Pate. 

Holloway, a professor of history at Middle Tennessee State University, is the author of Living in Infamy: Felon Disfranchisement and the History of American Citizenship (2014) and Sexuality, Politics, and Social Control in Virginia, 1920-1946 (2006). She is also the editor of Other Souths: Diversity and Difference in the U.S. South, Reconstruction to Present (2008). Her current research examines the right of those charged with crimes or convicted of felonies to testify in court. 

Co-sponsored by: UI Department of History; Public Policy Center; Center for Human Rights; Department of Gender, Women's and Sexualtiy Studies; and African American Studies Program. 

If you require accommodations in order to attend, contact the History Department at 319-335-2299 or historydept@uiowa.edu