VC employee’s research to be featured in prison tourism handbook

Elizabeth Neucere

Elizabeth Neucere, exhibits and collections manager at Victoria College’s Museum of the Coastal Bend, has been selected as a contributor to the forthcoming “Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism.”

Research from Neucere’s master’s degree thesis titled “Execution on Display: Visitor Reactions to Texas’ Electric Chair” will comprise one of the 47 chapters to be published in the 1,013-page book. “The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism,” which is scheduled to be published in 2017, will feature over 60 contributors providing in-depth commentary and analysis on sites in over 20 countries. The book will cover key theoretical concepts, practical issues of site management, historical analysis and the sociological and criminological ramifications of trends in site representation.

Neucere examined the historical presentation of the Texas prison system in her thesis, which she researched while employed at the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville.

“The job market in the museum world is extremely competitive and when I was working on my master’s I was worried about going against people with a degree in museum studies or public history whereas mine is in history with a concentration in public history,” Neucere said. “To help me have an edge, I decided to write a thesis that focused on public history so that I could show that I have the scholarship in the subject despite only having a concentration. At the time, I worked at the Texas Prison Museum and decided to focus on it for my research since I was familiar with the museum and the history it presented.”

In November, Neucere attended the American Society of Criminology Conference in New Orleans, where she met with the editors of the collection, other contributors and scholars of prison tourism.

“The diversity of research on prison tourism is truly amazing,” said Neucere, whose thesis has been quoted in articles by the Texas Observer and Fortune. “It is very humbling to have my research published in such a groundbreaking edited collection.”

Published: Wednesday, 07 December 2016

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