Marie Gottschalk, professor of political science, School of Arts & Sciences

“Dismantling the Carceral State: Law, Order and Criminal Justice Reform in the Age of Trump”

Marie Gottschalk studies the origins and politics of mass incarceration, focusing on the idea of a “carceral state” with millions of people who are in prison, on probation or on parole.

Dr. Gottschalk specializes in American politics, criminal justice, health policy, race, the development of the welfare state and business-labor relations. She was one of the 30 academics, historians, activists and politicians included in Ana DuVernay’s “13th,” a Netflix documentary about mass incarceration that refers to the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery but left an exploitable loophole: “except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.”

She’s the author of Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics and The Prison and the Gallows: The Politics of Mass Incarceration in America, which won the 2007 Ellis W. Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians.


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