The Carceral Studies collection focuses on the lived experiences of individuals, families and communities who have experienced the impacts of incarceration, in the United States and across the world. This collection seeks titles that explore mass incarceration, policing, and the wider structures and dynamics of the carceral state, including the levers of racial and class control. We aim to center the voices of those most impacted by carceral technologies and methodologies including the modern correctional system, surveillance, and policing. We also welcome titles that explore the intersections of incarceration with other systems of social control such as child welfare, education, and immigration. Our approach is influenced by intersectional perspectives that examine the influence of factors such as race, gender, class, and disability (including mental health), and their role in the maintenance of the carceral state.
Our role as editors will vary depending on the experience and needs of authors. For new authors, we will be available for idea development, coaching, support, and orientation to the process of academic writing for course curriculum; for more experienced writers our role will be more hands-off and will check progress and review drafts as needed. Our goal is to center voices that have been historically excluded from mainstream academic texts, including the voices of those currently experiencing incarceration.
Ready to get started? Reach out to Drs Cummins and Hayward using the form below, or get more detail about our proposal guidelines.
Dr Ian Cummins is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Society at the University of Salford. Before taking up academic posts, he qualified as a probation officer and then worked as a mental health social worker. He has two decades of experience of teaching across social work, criminology, and social policy programmes. He has researched and written extensively about the experiences of people with mental health problems across the Criminal Justice System. His books include: Serial Killers and the Media: The Moors Murders Legacy, Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019 and Welfare and Punishment: From Thatcherism to Austerity, Policy Press, 2021. Ian has also contributed to the BBC Radio 4 podcast series Thinking Allowed.
Dr R. Anna Hayward is associate professor at Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare. Anna has more than a decade of experience conducting research and evaluation projects in collaboration with community-based organizations and state child welfare and criminal justice agencies. Her areas of research include evaluating programs serving children and families, father involvement, engaging fathers in services, families affected by incarceration, and environmental justice. Dr Hayward is the principal investigator of the federally funded evaluation of the Long Island Fatherhood Initiative, a program serving low income fathers including those in local jails and re-entry programs on Long Island, New York.
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