Friday, May 31, 2019

Escape from New York

Great news! In April I successfully defended my dissertation Captives of a New Alcatraz, the New York City Department of Correction from 1954 to 1990. In it I draw from extensive archival material to provide a political-economic account of how it came to be that there are so many awful jails on a tiny island in the East River. 

Much of this research will contribute to Rikers, a history of Rikers Island I am presently co-authoring with criminologist Dr. Jayne Mooney, under contract with Temple University Press. 

Today I received a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center. 

Next month I will relocate to Chicago to become an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Governors State University. 

I told my students at BMCC to forget what I've been teaching them all semester; the American Dream is in fact alive and well. To my great satisfaction, they booed and called me a sellout. 

The future is bright