Marie Gottschalk of Penn Wins 2007 Ellis W. Hawley Prize

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460March 20, 2007

PHILADELPHIA-- Marie Gottschalk, associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the Organization of American Historians' 2007 Ellis W. Hawley prize for her new book, "The Prison and the Gallows: The Politics of Mass Incarceration in America."

In the book, Gottschalk argues that punitive penal policies in the United States were forged by four particular social movements and interest groups: the victims' movement, the women's movement, the prisoners' rights movement and opponents of the death penalty.

The Ellis W. Hawley Prize is awarded annually for the best book-length historical study of the political economy, politics or institutions of the United States, in its domestic or international affairs, from the Civil War to the present. The prize is given in honor of Ellis W. Hawley, emeritus professor of history at the University of Iowa.