Watch the recording of Yuwaya Ngarra-li Partnership Senior Research Fellow Peta MacGillivray in conversation with visiting academic Associate Professor Reuben Miller (University of Chicago), where they explored Reuben’s US-based research on race, hyperincarceration and the criminal legal system, discussing both interpersonal and state violence and reimagining the ways we respond to both.

This is a unique opportunity to hear about the implications of Reuben's scholarship and practice in the Australian context, in particular the criminalisation and incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and community-led efforts for justice.

A UNSW Division of Societal Impact, Equity & Engagement event.


Reuben Jonathan Miller is an Associate Professor in the University of Chicago Crown Family School and in the Department of Race, Diaspora and Indigeneity, and a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. He is also a MacArthur Fellow. His research examines how racialized and poor people experience law, crime control and social welfare policy. His first book, Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration is based on 15 years of research and practice with currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, their families, partners, and friends in Chicago, Detroit, and a number of cities across the United States. He is currently conducting a transnational study of black emancipation in port cities along the transatlantic slave trade route and a study of violence and our responses to it across the globe. He is in Sydney to provide a keynote address at the 17th Reintegration Puzzle Conference.

You can watch Reuben talk about his work here:


Peta Ivy MacGillivray is a Kalkutungu and South Sea Islander lawyer and researcher, and the Yuwaya Ngarra-li Senior Research Fellow focused on legal and justice issues based at UNSW. Peta has worked as a researcher on a range of criminology, legal services and community development projects in NSW and across Australia. Peta’s area of legal practice specialisation is the legal needs of children and young people, particularly those experiencing social and economic disadvantage. Peta is passionate about Indigenous children and young people’s participation in community development work.