Leonidas Cheliotis (DEREE ’03), Assistant Professor in Criminology at the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), has won the 2014 Best Public Intellectual Special Issue Award by the US Council of Editors of Learned Journals, Modern Language Association (MLA).

The award is given to the best special journal issue that “seeks to achieve the democratic mission of higher education by reaching out beyond academe and connecting with a popular audience in terms of accessible language and attractive presentation.”

Dr. Cheliotis won the award for his guest-edited special issue of the prestigious centenarian journal South Atlantic Quarterly (published by Duke University Press) on Prison Realities: Views from Around the World.

The collection explores power and resistance under extreme conditions of confinement in a range of jurisdictions and from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and includes contributions from such leading scholars as Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Colin Dayan, Roy King, and Tony Platt.

Following his studies at DEREE (BA in Sociology, awarded with Senior Honors in 2003), Dr. Cheliotis completed his MPhil and PhD degrees at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, where he was awarded the Manuel Lopez-Rey Graduate Prize (2004) for his performance on the MPhil program, and the Nigel Walker Prize (2010) for his PhD dissertation. Before moving to the LSE in September 2014, he held posts at the University of Edinburgh and Queen Mary, University of London. In 2013, Dr. Cheliotis won the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award by the Division on Critical Criminology of the American Society of Criminology.

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