Hauptman Publishes Book On The Post 9/11 Moral Panic

September 13, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Dr. Samantha Hauptman, assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of South Carolina Upstate, recently published a book titled The Criminalization of Immigration: The Post 9/11 Moral Panic. This is part of a book series called “The New Americans,” published by LFB Scholarly Publishing, LLC.

 Hauptman’s writing shows that as the September 11th attacks left the United States government scrambling to find an appropriate response to terrorism, the ensuing “war on terror” stance brought sweeping new federal regulations and changes in immigration policy. Consequent changes in society’s reaction to immigration and the degree to which immigrants have become criminalized is both apparent and palpable. Hauptman reveals the conditions and lingering effects of a moral panic toward immigration after 9/11, elucidating social control initiatives like the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, as a direct result of the concern over immigrants and their presence, or even purpose, in the United States.  Hauptman further concludes that the response to the attacks resulted in the manifestation of a moral panic and the subsequent criminalization of immigrants in post-September 11thsociety.

The Criminalization of Immigration

The book is part of an LFB Scholarly Publishing series “The New Americans,” which explores recent immigration and related changes in American society from the perspectives of sociology, anthropology, education, political science, psychology, economics, history, and law. Together the books help us to understand how immigration is changing the United States. Each title is refereed by Professors Steven Gold and Ruben Rumbaut.

 Prior to joining the faculty at USC Upstate, Hauptman worked in the South Carolina technical college system and also in administration at the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Dr. Hauptman’s research interests include criminology, social deviance, social control, and immigration.

For more information, contact Dr. Samantha Hauptman at (864) 503-5388 or hauptman@uscupstate.edu .