Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Prison Education Program at New York University has offered three Postdoctoral Fellowships to date. This fellowship is open to scholars across disciplines whose research focuses on issues germane to prison studies, prison education and social impacts of incarceration and criminal punishment. Fellows teach two undergraduate courses per year, one of which is held at Wallkill Correctional Facility. In addition, fellows assist in planning and administering public programming and participate in other activities of PEP.
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2019-2023 NYU Prison Education Postdoctoral Fellow
Tommaso Bardelli is an ethnographer with interests in political and social theory. His research focuses on social inequality and the economics of incarceration in the United States. At PEP, Tommaso coordinates the Research Lab, a collaboration between faculty and formerly incarcerated students at NYU studying the financial costs of mass incarceration in New York. His current projects examine different forms of consumer spending inside prison institutions, as well as the effects of fiscal austerity measures on the everyday lives of the incarcerated. Before joining NYU, Tommaso received his PhD in Political Science from Yale University.
2019-2020 NYU Prison Education Postdoctoral Fellow
Lydia Pelot-Hobbs received her Ph.D. in Geography with a certificate in American Studies from The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research and teaching is situated within work on the carceral state; racial capitalism; Black, feminist, and queer geographies; social movements and grassroots organizing; and the US South. She is currently working on her first book manuscript which tracks the dialectical relationship between the multiscalar formation and contestation of the Louisiana carceral state from the 1970s to the present day. Her writing has been published in a broad range of academic and activist venues including Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, Critical Criminology, Southern Spaces, Monthly Review Online, The Abolitionist, Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas (University of California Press) and Remaking Radicalism: A Grassroots Documentary Reader of the United States, 1973-2001 (forthcoming University of Georgia Press). In the fall of 2020, she will join the faculty of the University of Kentucky as an Assistant Professor of Geography and African American & Africana Studies.
2018-2019 NYU Prison Education Postdoctoral Fellow
Zhandarka Kurti is a Bronx native. She studies the historical and contemporary transformations of punishment and social control. Her overall research focuses on the relationship between penal practices and institutions and wider social, economic and political changes. Zhandarka’s dissertation examined the role that lower criminal courts, probation and third party community supervision play in the criminalization of black and Latino youth in the South Bronx. Her current research projects explore the politics of criminal justice reforms and the role of parole in the lives of formerly incarcerated people and their families. Zhandarka is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.