Postdoctoral Fellows

Tommaso Bardelli

2019-2020 NYU Prison Education Postdoctoral Fellow

I am an ethnographer with interests in contemporary political and social theory. My research clusters around themes of racial inequality in the contemporary United States, punishment and surveillance, late capitalism and everyday life. My dissertation is based on two years of anthropological fieldwork in the city of New Haven, Connecticut. It examines how kinship and caring relationships are interpenetrated and colonized by economic precarity and state interventions, yet also remain as sites of quotidian resistance to market and administrative logics. I am currently working on two new projects. The first focuses on the role that indebtedness, financial services and retail industries have in the lives of formerly incarcerated people and their social networks. The second is a study of the daily practices that underlie knowledge-production in quantitative social sciences and their implications for scientific transparency.

Email: tb1068@nyu.edu

Lydia Pelot-Hobbs

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 SocietyCritical CriminologySouthern SpacesMonthly Review OnlineThe AbolitionistUnfathomable 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.

E-mail: lph242@nyu.edu

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Zhandarka Kurti

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.

E-mail: zkurti@utk.edu