New Book Examines Border Conflicts in North America

February 7, 2017

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Laurence Armand French, senior researcher and affiliate professor of justice studies, has published a new book, co–written with Magdaleno Manzanarez, professor of political science at Western New Mexico University, titled “North American Border Conflicts: Race, Politics, and Ethics” (CRC Press, 2016).

“North American Border Conflicts” examines border conflicts from their beginnings at European settlement and aboriginal tribe contact to the ensuing colonial border battles, the emerging United States and its expansionist mandate, and the neocolonial conflicts of the 20th century. The book explores 21st century border issues such as post-9/11 policies that impact North American and Canadian border Indian tribes and the drug and human trafficking  concerns at the Mexico-U.S. border. “North American Border Conflicts” adds to the current discussion on class, race, ethnic and sectarian divides, not only within the United States but throughout the Americas in general. In an increasingly global world, the text offers insight into issues among and between neighboring nations.

The history and geopolitics explored by “North American Border Conflicts” are particularly pertinent at this moment in United States history as federal government concern over border security has increased.

“North American border issues are complex,” says French. “They cannot be easily dismissed by inflammatory rhetoric claiming simple solutions that will supposedly immediately change the landscape of interactions that extend to the beginning of U.S. independence.

“‘Nationalism’ is often associated with sectarian/ethnic elitism and is a dangerous foreign policy construct — look at the recent Balkan wars,” adds French. “Everyone who lives in this hemisphere is ‘American’ and if preference and consideration is given to any group, it should be the ‘indigenous’ Americans.”

French and Manzanarez have researched collaboratively for the past 20 years in the areas of international relations, social justice, and minority issues with a particular focus on indigenous Indian groups. In 2004, they co-authored “NAFTA and Neocolonialism: Comparative Criminal, Human, and Social Justice” (University Press of America).

“North American Border Conflicts: Race, Politics, and Ethics” is available from CRC Press and major online retailers.

UNH Researcher Selected as Fulbright Specialist to Bosnia-Herzegovina

March 14, 2016

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Laurence French, senior researcher in Justiceworks and affiliate professor of justice studies, has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist for the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior, Internal Affairs College in Bosnia and Herzegovina to work on their project, “Peace and Conflict Resolution.” French is already on the ground in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he will remain for six weeks, drafting new and amending existing institutional curricula, developing research capacity and publishing relevant publications.

“This is critical assignment given the turmoil in the region with thousands of Middle Eastern and African migrants traversing through the former Yugoslavia and the presence of ISIS in Bosnia,” says French. “This is also the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Dayton Accords that partitioned Bosnia-Herzegovina into two major entities.”

The project is intended to give students, employees and the public new insight into war crimes and restorative justice.

French served as a Fulbright Scholar in 2009-10 at the University of Sarajevo on the faculty of criminal sciences.

Policing American Indians: A New Book by Laurence French

November 17, 2015

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Laurence Armand French, a senior researcher at Justiceworks and affiliate professor of justice studies, has published “Policing American Indians: A Unique Chapter in American Jurisprudence” (CRC Press), a book that examines the treatment of American Indians in the U.S. criminal justice system.

Bias, prejudice and corruption riddle the history of U.S. jurisprudence. “Policing American Indians” explores these injustices. A mix of academic research as well as field experience, this book draws on French’s more than 40 years of experience with American Indian individuals and groups. It illustrates how, despite changes in the law to correct past injustices, a subculture of discrimination often persists in law enforcement, whether by a prosecutor or a street cop.

French has published over 300 publications including 19 books. His most recent books are “Frog Town: Portrait of a French Canadian Parish in New England” (University Press of America, 2014), “War Trauma and its Aftermath: An International Perspective on the Balkan and Gulf Wars” (University Press of America, 2012), and “Running the Border Gauntlet: The Mexican Migrant Controversy” (Praeger, 2010).

This book is available from the publisher and major online retailers.


Justiceworks Researcher Recognized for Distinguished Contributions to Research

August 14, 2014

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Laurence Armand French ’68 ’70G ’75G, a UNH researcher and affiliate professor of Justiceworks, has been awarded the Distinguished Career Contribution to Research Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (Division 45) of the American Psychological Association. The award recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions in service to the field of ethnic minority psychology as well as ethnic minority communities. French received his award in Washington, DC, earlier this month.

On behalf of Division 45, Professor Luis A. Vázquez of New Mexico University noted that French’s “significant contributions to research have greatly contributed to the understanding of ethnic minorities” and that French is a “great role model” who has demonstrated his commitment to people of color.

French has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in sociology (social disorganization/social psychology) from the University of New Hampshire, a Ph.D. in cultural psychology (educational psychology and measurement) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a M.A. in school psychology from Western New Mexico University. He pursued postdoctoral studies in minorities and criminal justice education at the State University of New York-Albany and completed the post-doctoral prescribing psychology program. He is professor emeritus of psychology from Western New Mexico University. French is a licensed clinical psychologist (Arizona); a Fulbright Scholar (University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina – 2009-2010); and Visiting Endowed Chair of Criminology and Criminal Justice at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (fall semester 2010). He is the winner of a 2014 McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award. He has over 300 publications including 17 books—his latest books are Frog Town: Portrait of a French Canadian Parish in New England (University Press of America, 2014); War Trauma and its Aftermath: An International Perspective on the Balkan and Gulf Wars (University Press of America, 2012); and Running the Border Gauntlet: The Mexican Migrant Controversy (Praeger, 2010).

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