Course Schedule:

NOTE: This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. I may modify this schedule, if I think changes are warranted to improve your learning. If changes are made, you will be notified in class ahead of time.

Week One- The Emergence of the Prison
Monday, September 5th and Thursday, September 8th

Mauer, Marc. “Introduction: Race to Incarcerate” and Chapter 3, “The Rise of the ‘Tough on Crime’ Movement.”

Davis, Angela. Chapter Two “Slavery, Civil Rights, and Abolitionist Perspectives Toward Prison.”

Gilmore, Kim. “Slavery and Prison—Understanding the Connections.”

Browne, Julie. “The Labor of Doing Time.”

Week Two- The Contemporary Prison
Monday, September 12th and Thursday, September 15th

Rhodes, Lorna. “Introduction” and Chapter One “Controlling Troubles.” In Total Confinement: Madness and Reason in the Maximum Security Prison.

Davis, Angela. Chapter One “Introduction—Prison Reform or Prison Abolition.”

Davis, Angela. “Masked Racism…”

Davis, Mike. “Hell Factories in the Field: A Prison Industrial Complex.”

Week Three- Neoliberalism, Globalization and the Political Economy of Prisons
Monday, September 19th and Thursday, September 22nd

Martinez, Elizabeth and Arnoldo Garcia. “What is ‘Neoliberalism’? A Brief Definition.”

Gilmore, Ruth Wilson. “Globalisation and US Prison Growth: from military Keynesianism to Post-Keynesianism Militarism.”

Goldberg, Eve and Linda Evans, “The Prison Industrial Complex and the Global Economy.”
Wacquant, Loic. “The Place of the Prison in the New Government of Poverty.”

Week Four- Immigration
Monday, September 26th and Thursday, September 29th

Bohrman, Rebecca and Naomi Murakawa. “Remaking Big Government: Immigration and Crime Control in the U.S.” In Global Lockdown.

Palafox, Jose. “Opening Up Borderland Studies: A Review of U.S.-Mexico Border Militarization Discourse.”

Davis, Mike and Alessandra Moctezuma. “Policing the Third Border.”

Welch, Michael. “The Role of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the Prison Industrial Complex.”

Week Five- Midterm
Monday, October 3rd – Midterm Review Session
Thursday, October 6th—MIDTERM EXAM

Week Six- Health
Monday, October 10th and Thursday, October 13th


Chandler, Cynthia and Carol Kingery. “Speaking Out Against State Violence…”

Chandler, Cynthia. “Death and Dying in America: The Prison Industrial Complex’s Impact on Women’s Health.”

Edmondson, Rashida. “ ‘Let my dying mom out of prison’ ” SF Chronicle

Barry, Ellen. "Women Prisoners and Health Care: Locked Up and Locked Out"

Kupers, Terry. “Racism: A Mental Health Hazard.” And “Special Problems for Women.”

Week Seven- Gender
Monday, October 17th-- Walter Hendricks Days/No Class
Thursday, October 20th

Sudbury, Julia. “Celling Black Bodies: Black Women in the Global Prison Industrial Complex.”

Critical Resistance and Incite!: Women of Color Against Violence Statement. “Gender Violence and the Prison Industrial Complex.”

Shaylor, Cassandra. “ ‘It’s like living in a black hole’: Women of Color and Solitary Confinement in the Prison Industrial Complex.”

Sabo, Don, et al. “Gender and the Politics of Punishment.”

Week Eight- Gender Cont.
Monday, October 24th and Thursday, October 27th


Sudbury, Julia. “Maroon Abolitionists: Black Gender-oppressed Activists in the Anti-Prison Movement in the U.S. and Canada”

Arkles, Gabriel. “Safety and Solidarity Across Gender Lines: Rethinking Segregation of Transgender People in Detention.”

Sudbury, Julia. “From Women Prisoners to People in Women’s Prisons: Challenging the Gender Binary in Antiprison Work.” In Razor Wire Women.

Week Nine- Youth
Monday, October 31st and Thursday, November 3rd

Gordon, Avery. “Face Up to What’s Killing You: Fear and the Prison Industrial Complex.” In Keeping Good Time…

Giroux, Henry A. “Racial Injustice and Disposable Youth in the Age of Zero Tolerance.”

Ritchie, Beth.

Week Ten- Native Communities
Monday, November 7th and Thursday, November 10th


Indigenous Women Speak Out, “Our Lands, Our Bodies.” Colorlines, Winter 2000-2001.

Ross, Luana. Introduction and Part I. In Inventing the Savage….

Ogde, Stormy. Chapter 4 in Global Lockdown… “The Prison Industrial Complex in Indigenous California.”

Week Eleven- Political Prisoners
Monday, November 14th and Thursday, November 17th

Peltier, Leonard. Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance.

Week Twelve- Prisoner Reentry
Monday, November 21st
Thursday, November 24th -- No Class

Readings TBD


Week Thirteen- Imagining Otherwise: Reform, Abolition and Prison Activism

Monday, November 28th and Thursday, December 1st

Shaylor, Cassandra and Cynthia Chandler. “Reform and Abolition: Points of Tension and Connection.”

Sudbury, Julia. “Transatlantic Visions: Resisting the Globalization of Mass Incarceration.”

Okazawa-Rey, Margo and Gwen Kirk. “Maximum Security.”

Week Fourteen- Project Presentations
Monday, December 5th
12/5- Final Papers Due.

Thursday December 8th and Friday December 9th- READING DAYS

December 10, 12, & 13- EXAM DAYS—The final exam period will be used for the remaining project presentations, which were not presented on 12/5.

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