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Dr. Judah Schept
Assistant Professor, School of Justice Studies, Eastern Kentucky University
Presentation Title: "Carceral Expansion, Community Organizing, and Critical Prison Studies: Intersections of Social Justice Scholarship, Teaching and Activism"
Presentation Details: February 13, 2014, 4:00-5:30 pm, Faculty House
Judah Schept is an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Indiana University and a BA in Sociology from Vassar College. Judah's book, tentatively titled Left and Locking Up: Capital Departures, (Neo) Liberal Politics, and Carceral Expansion, is forthcoming in 2015 from New York University Press. Judah has published and forthcoming articles in journals such as Radical Criminology, Theoretical Criminology, Social Justice, and the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture. In addition, Judah has published numerous pieces of public scholarship on issues of prison expansion, alternatives to incarceration, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the Reclaiming Justice Network, based out of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies in the United Kingdom, and for the newly formed critical social justice collective Uprooting Criminology.
Judah is a scholar-activist whose community organizing informs his research and teaching. Judah practices a critical interdisciplinary scholarship drawing from diverse academic literatures including American studies, critical and cultural criminology, cultural anthropology, cultural and political geography, the sociology of punishment, and postcolonial studies. Judah is particularly interested in the political economies, geographical histories, and cultural politics of various sites of the prison industrial complex. He currently has two major research projects. One, on which his book is based, examines the discourse and politics of jail growth and resistance to it in a small and progressive Midwestern city. The second is an ongoing examination of carceral expansion in eastern Kentucky, focusing especially on the spatial, political-economic and cultural continuities between coal and prison. At EKU, Judah teaches undergraduate courses in Law and Society and Criminological Theory and a graduate course in Qualitative Methods. Judah co-coordinated the development of a new Social Justice Studies major and is also the new coordinator for the undergraduate internship program.
Find out more about Dr. Schept by visiting at the Eastern Kentucky University website.