The following is a selection of resources shared by participants of the 2019 institute, arranged in the following categories: Gender and Incarceration, Language and Communication, Mass Incarceration, Prison Writings, Reentry and College, Teaching in Prisons, and Other


Gender and Incarceration

Hager, Eli. “From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 13 Sept. 2017,


Language and Communication

Aldás, E. N., & Pinazo, D. “Communication and Engagement for Social Justice.” Peace Review, 25 (2013), 343–348. doi:10.1080/10402659.2013.816552

Barge, J. K., ed. “Dialogue: Communication and Social Justice [Special section].” Communication Studies, 47 (1996), 110–151.

Caldwell, Ellen C. “Unpacking the Racially-Charged Term ‘Superpredators.” JSTOR Daily, 20 Feb. 2017,

Carragee, K. M., & Frey, L. R., eds. “Communication Activism Research: Engaged Communication Scholarship for Social Justice [Special section].” International Journal of Communication, 10 (2016), 3975–4033. Retrieved from

Dempsey, S., Dutta, M., Frey, L. R., Goodall, H. L., Madison, D. S., Mercieca, J., & Nakayama, T (with Miller, K.) “What is the Role of the Communication Discipline in Social Justice, Community Engagement, and Public Scholarship? A Visit to the CM Café.” Communication Monographs, 78 (2011), 256–271. doi:10.1080/03637751.2011.565062

DiLulio, John. “The Coming Of The Super — Predators.” The Weekly Standard, 27 Nov. 1995,

Frey, L. R. “Communication Scholarship, Civic Engagement, and Social Justice Activism.” Spectra (March 2017): 8–13.

Huffman, T. “Imagining Social Justice within a Communicative Framework.” Journal of Social Justice, 4, Article 1 (2014). Retrieved from

Kahn, S., & Lee, J., eds. Activism and Rhetoric: Theories and Contexts for Political Engagement. New York, NY: Routledge, 2011.

Loggins, Ameer Hasan. “Erik Killmonger Is Not A ‘Super-Villain,’ He Is A Super-Victim Of Systemic Oppression – Blavity.” Blavity News,

McHale, J. P. Communicating for Change: Strategies of Social and Political Advocates. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.

Oluo, Ijeoma. So You Want to Talk About Race. New York, NY: Seal Press, 2018.

Swartz, O. ed. Social Justice and Communication Scholarship. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2006.

Savali, Kirsten West. “For the Record: ‘Superpredators’ Is Absolutely a Racist Term.” The Root, 13 Nov. 2017,

Vitale, Alex S. “The New ‘Superpredator’ Myth.” The New York Times, 23 Mar. 2018,


Mass Incarceration

Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press, 2012.

Anderson, Elizabeth. “Outlaws.” The Good Society 23, no. 1 (2014): 103-13.

Bauer, Shane. American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment. Penguin Books, 2018.

Dagan, David, and Steven Teles. Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Dagan, David, and Steven Teles. “Locked In? Conservative Reform and the Future of Mass Incarceration.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 651, no. 1 (2014): 266-76.

Dilts, Andrew. Punishment and Inclusion: Race, Membership, and the Limits of American Liberalism. Fordham University Press, 2014.

Dzur, Albert. “The Myth of Penal Populism: Democracy, Citizen Participation, and American Hyperincarceration.” Journal of Speculative Philosophy 24, no. 4 (2010): 354-79.

Dzur, Albert. “An Introduction: Penal Democracy.” Democratic Theory and Mass Incarceration, special issue of The Good Society 23, no. 1 (2014): 1-5.

Dzur, Albert, et al., editors. Democratic Theory and Mass Incarceration. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Garland, David. The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society. The University of Chicago Press, 2001.

Guenther, Lisa, et al. Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration. Fordham University Press, 2015.

Jacobs, Jonathan. “Punishing Society: Incarceration, Coercive Corruption, and the Liberal Polity.” Criminal Justice Ethics 33, no. 3 (2014): 200-19.

Gottschalk, Marie. “Democracy and the Carceral State in America.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 651, no. 1 (2014): 288-95.

Hinton, Elizabeth. From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America. Harvard University Press, 2016.

Loury, Glenn C., et al. Race, Incarceration, and American Values. Boston Review Books, 2008.

National Research Council. The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences. The National Academy Press, 2014.

Oliver, Pamela. “Repression and Crime Control: Why Social Movement Scholars Should Pay Attention to Mass Incarceration as a Form of Repression,” Mobilization: An International Quarterly (February 2008).

Parsons, Anne E. From Asylum to Prison: Deinstitutionalization and the Rise of Mass Incarceration after 1945. The University of North Carolina Press, 2018.

Peter K. Enns, “The Public’s Increasing Punitiveness and Its Influence on Mass Incarceration in the United States,” American Journal of Political Science (March 5, 2014)

Simon, Jonathan. “Racing Abnormality, Normalizing Race: The Origins of America’s Peculiar Carceral State and Its Prospects for Democratic Transformation Today.” Northwestern University Law Review 111, no. 6 (2017): 1625-54.

Skotnicki, Andrew, Conversion and the rehabilitation of penal system: A theological rereading of criminal justice. Oxford, 2019.

Surprenant, Chris, editor. Rethinking Punishment in the Era of Mass Incarceration. Taylor & Francis, 2017.

Thompson, Heather Ann, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy. Vintage Books, 2016.


Prison Writings

Abbott, J.H. In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison. New York: Random House, 1981.

Abbott, J.H. My Return. New York: Prometheus Books, 1987.

American Prison Writing Archive:

Betts, D. A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, 2009.

Blumenthal, R. “Confined in Prisons, Literature Breaks Out. The New York Times, August 26, 2000.

Brottman, M. The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men’s Prison. New York: Harper Collins, 2016.

Editors. “’Hope Is a Powerful Weapon’: Unpublished Mandela Prison Letters.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 6 July 2018,

Frankl, V. E. Man’s Search for Meaning. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006.

Franklin, H.B., ed. Prison Writing in 20th-century America. New York: Penguin Putnam, 1998.

Gramsci, A. Selections from the Prison Notebooks. Edited and translated by Q. Hoare and G. Smith. New York: International Publishers, 1971.

Himes, C. The Quality of Hurt. New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1972.

Havel, V. Letters from Prison. Prague: Twisted Spoon Press, 2002.

Jackson, L.P. Chester B. Himes: A Biography. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.

Jones, J., ed. The New Abolitionists: Neo Slave Narratives and Contemporary Writings. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2015.

King, M.L. Letters from a Birmingham Jail. 1963.

Lamb, Wally. Couldn’t Keep It to Myself: Testimonies From Our Imprisoned Sisters. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 2003.

Lamb, Wally. I’ll Fly Away: Further Testimonies From the Women of York Prison. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 2008.

Loving, J. Jack and Norman. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2017.

Mandela, N. Long Walk to Freedom. Little Brown & Co, 1994.

Mandela, N. Nelson: Conversations with Myself. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.

Mandela, Nelson, et al. The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela. Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W. W. Norton & Company, 2018.

Peltier, L. (1999). Prison Writings: My Life is my Sun Dance. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999.

Shakur, A. Assata: An Autobiography. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 1987.

Simecka, M. Letters from Prison. Prague: Twisted Spoon Press, 2002.

Skotnicki, A. Conversion and the Rehabilitation of the Penal System: A Theological Rereading of Criminal Justice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Thompson, Heather Ann. Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy. Pantheon, 2016.


Reentry and College

Chaney, John, and Joni Schwartz, editors. Race, Integration, and Reintegrating Formerly Incarcerated Citizens. Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.

Duff, R.A. “Punishment and the Duties of Offenders.” Law and Philosophy 31, no. 1 (2013): 109-27.

Leverentz, Andrea L. The Ex-Prisoner’s Dilemma: How Women Negotiate Competing Narratives of Reentry and Desistance. Rutgers University Press, 2014.

Lobuglio, Stefan F., and Anne Morrison Piehl. “Unwinding Mass Incarceration.” Issues in Science & Technology 32, no. 1 (2015): 56-61.

Miller, Brian, et al. “Returning to School After Incarceration: Policy, Prisoners, and the Classroom.” New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education 214, no. 144 (2014): 69-77.

Petersilia, Joan. When Prisoners Come Home: Parole and Prisoner Reentry. Oxford University Press, 2003.


Teaching in Prisons

Bates, Laura. Shakespeare Saved My Life. Sourcebooks, Inc., 2013.

Carver, Leland J., and Laura M. Harrison. “Democracy and the Challenges of Correctional Education.” The Journal of Correctional Education 67, no. 1 (2016): 2-16.

Condliffe Lagemann, Ellen. “What Can College Mean? Lessons from the Bard Prison Initiative.” Change 43, no. 6 (2011): 14-9.

Condliffe Lagemann, Ellen. Liberating Minds: The Case for College in Prison. The New Press, 2017.

Drabinski, Kate, and Gillian Harkins. “Introduction: Teaching Inside Carceral Institutions.” The Radical Teacher 95, no. 1 (2013): 3-9.

Karpowitz, Daniel. College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration. Rutgers University Press, 2017.

Mayo, P. Gramsci, Freire & Adult Education: Possibilities for Transformative Action. London: Zed Books, 1999.

Meiners, Erica R., and Maisha T. Winn, editors. Education and Incarceration. Routledge, 2011.



Anthology Film Archives.

Guevara, Perry. “Toward Speech Therapy: Affect, Pedagogy, and Shakespeare in Prison.” Early Modern Culture [Special Issue: First-Generation Shakespeare 14 (2019): 57-71.

The Marshall Project.

Tamara M. Haegerich, Jessica M. Salerno, and Bette L. Bottoms, University of Illinois at Chicago. “Are the Effects of Juvenile Offender Stereotypes Maximized or Minimized by Jury Deliberation?” Psychology, Public, Policy, and Law 19 (2013): 81-498. Web.

Mickey B. Directed by Tom Magill. ESC  Films, 2007. [DVD includes a short “making of…” documentary]

Prison Policy Initiative.

The Sentencing Project.

Wray, Ramona. “The Morals of Macbeth and Peace as Process: Adapting Shakespeare in Northern Ireland’s Maximum Security Prison.” Shakespeare Quarterly 62, no. 3 (2011); 340-364.