Tempe bookstore welcomes ASU professor-turned-author

01-30-09 Changing Hands
ASU professor and author Doris Marie Provine answers questions about her book Unequal Under Law: Race in the War on Drugs at Changing Hands bookstore. (Erik Hilburn/The State Press)
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Friday, January 30, 2009
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The war on race and drugs has been a controversial topic for some time, but now an ASU professor has put her two cents in on the subject.

ASU’s own Professor Doris Marie Provine authored the book “Unequal Under Law: Race in the War on Drugs.”

To promote her recent book, a question and answer discussion forum was held at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe on Monday.

The book examines the role that race has when analyzing America’s war on drugs and how the government needs to take a step back and look at what is going wrong with this issue.

“We’ve had a drug war that has been very unsuccessful. It has cost people a lot of misery, but we still have cheap available drugs.

Including not just people who use illicit drugs, we use drugs for everything,” she said.

Community events manager for Changing Hands, Pinna Joseph, was put in charge of setting up and spreading the word about the night’s celebration.

An audience of 30 people showed up to hear and discuss the topic of the book.

A of Provine’s coworkers, 40-year-old Gabriel Gomez and 50 year-old Shelley Erickson, also came out in support of the local author.

Provine arrived at ASU eight years ago, starting out as director of the School of Justice and Social Inquiry.

She is now a professor teaching courses on immigration law and social science on courts.

Along with being a professor, she is also a lawyer and a political scientist.

She also was the recipient of the 2007-2008 Fulbright North-American Studies grant that allows her to study the implementation policies regarding unauthorized immigrants in Canada and Mexico.

Provine started the question and answer session by giving an overview of the key elements of her book.

She then received questions from the audience about her opinion on how to best spend resources and about the education issues for illegal immigrants.

“She has a very critical perspective and I wanted to hear more from her on the topic,” Gomez said.

After the discussion, Provine stayed and talked with the audience while signing many of her books.

Reach the reporter at garrett.may@asu.edu.