Christopher Muller receives IPUMS Spatial Research Award

Christopher Muller has received an IPUMS Published Research award for “Freedom and Convict Leasing in the Postbellum South.” American Journal of Sociology 124(2): 367-405.

By linking Georgia convict records to 1880 IPUMS USA microdata, NHGIS county data, and other historical data, Muller shows that “black men were most likely to be imprisoned in the convict lease system [in counties] where they overcame whites’ efforts to preserve their position as dependent agricultural laborers.