Announcement: Drugs, Security and Democracy Research Fellowships

Membership Has Its Privileges

The Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) Fellowship Program supports research on organized crime, drug policy, issues of governance and associated topics across the social sciences and related disciplines. The fellowship seeks to develop a concentration of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant outcomes and membership in a global interdisciplinary network.  Research should focus on Latin American and/or the Caribbean.

The online application is now available here.
Deadline: January 20, 2012.

DSD funded research must address the relationship among at least two of the three topics below:

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Points Editor Spillane Pushes Occupy Wall Street off the Front Page

Editor’s Note: Okay, it wasn’t really the front page, but Points Managing Editor Joe Spillane was featured in the Gainesville Sun yesterday (17 October), talking with staff writer Nathan Crabbe about his career as a drug historian and an innovative class he is teaching this term on Illicit Enterprise.  We re-post the story here to give readers a glimpse of one of the powers behind the Points, as it were.  Not included here are the reader comments on the article, but given the political tenor of Florida right now, you can probably imagine what they are like. 

UF Professor Teaches Course on Illicit Enterprise

Spillane Interviewed on Drugs

University of Florida professor Joseph Spillane has his brain on the history of drugs. Spillane, an associate professor of history, is the author of books on the history of cocaine and drug policy and was featured on a recently aired History Channel documentary about the history of drugs, “The Stoned Ages.” He teachers an honors course in illicit enterprise this semester.  A Q&A with Spillane follows.


1) What lessons can be learned from studying the history of illicit enterprise?

The first thing my students learn is that studying the history of illicit enterprise is really the study of licit enterprise as well, since we learn how and where the boundaries get set between what are considered acceptable and unacceptable forms of behavior. We also learn that there are no “easy” lessons from history.

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