Former BC BookWorld associate editor Lisa Kerr was named the Trudeau Scholar for 2012 by the Trudeau Foundation as a doctoral candidate in law at New York University. She was undertaking her research project--Law and the Prison: Designing Legal Controls for the Depths of Imprisonment.

An independent and non-partisan Canadian charity, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation was established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former Prime Minister by his family, friends, and colleagues. In 2002, the Government of Canada endowed the Foundation with a donation of $125 million with the unanimous support of the House of Commons. In addition, the Foundation benefits from private sector donations in support of specific initiatives. Through its Scholarship, Fellowship, Mentorship and Public Interaction programs, the Foundation supports outstanding individuals who make meaningful contributions to critical social issues.

Lisa Kerr discovered punishment studies while completing a Masters in Law at NYU in 2009, working as research assistant to David Garland on his prizewinning book on the American death penalty, Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition.

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