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College of Arts & Sciences
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Lecture Series

Ellis MacDougall Lecture Series

As part of the Ellis MacDougall Lecture Series, the department invites a prominent academic in the field of criminology and criminal justice to give a lecture in his/her area of expertise. The series honors Ellis MacDougall, the first professional director of South Carolina’s Department of Corrections. He dedicated many years to improving prison systems across the country, including serving as President of the American Correctional Association, and is well-known for the development of the curved fence design used in prisons. MacDougall was a professor of criminal justice at the University of South Carolina and co-founder of the College of Criminal Justice in 1974.

Dr. Alex R. Piquero gave the 2016 Ellis MacDougall lecture, titled "The Immigration Crime Myth," on February 12, 2016.

Dr. Jonathan Jackson gave the 2015 Ellis MacDougall lecture, titled "On the Portability of Procedural Justice Theory: A Cross-National Comparative Analysis," on February 10, 2015.

J.P. Strom/Rick Rescorla Justice Leadership Lecture Series

For the J.P. Strom/Rick Rescorla Justice Leadership Lecture Series, the department asks prominent professionals in the field of criminal justice to deliver a lecture to our students. The series honors two respected former leaders with ties to the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. J.P. Strom was a chief of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). He was one of the key supporters of the early development of law enforcement education in South Carolina. Strom was instrumental in the creation of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and the establishment of the College of Criminal Justice in 1974.

Cyril Richard “Rick” Rescorla was a United States Army officer and served in the Vietnam War as a Second Lieutenant. He taught criminal justice at the University of South Carolina for 3 years. He was an integral part of the rescue mission following attacks on the World Trade Center towers on September 11th, saving the lives of thousands of people.