Tucson Festival of Books

Jennifer Carlson (She/her)

Jennifer Carlson is Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University, where she will be founding the BRIDGS Center: Bringing Research & Innovation into the Debate on Guns in Society. In 2022 she was awarded a MacArthur Genius grant for her research into how guns shape American life, including those who survive gun violence’s harrowing aftermath, police who enforce the country’s complex gun laws, gun sellers and retailers who are on the front lines of surges in gun purchasing and the people who choose to own and carry guns. She is known for her novels "Policing the Second Amendment" and "Citizen-Protectors." Her most recent book was "Merchants of the Right" was released on May 2, 2023. It explores the surge of gun sales during the pandemic and the 2020 election. 

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Awards: MacArthur Fellow

Scheduled events:
Gun Violence: The US Scourge
How did guns invade our society? Explore the effect of guns on our minds and sense of safety, how guns impact our criminal justice system and how law enforcement deals with gun use.

Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jennifer Carlson, Cameron McWhirter, Edwin Raymond
Moderator: Curt Prendergast

Merchants of the Right
Gun Sellers and the Crisis of American Democracy
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Princeton University Press
May 2023
ISBN 9780691230399
288 pages

Policing the Second Amendment
Guns, Law Enforcement, and the Politics of Race
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Princeton University Press
June 2022
ISBN 9780691212814
tp, 296 pages