Sarah Haley, "Gender, Punishment, and Jim Crow Modernity"

Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Center, 75 Waterman Street

Black women’s imprisonment in the South during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was central to the development of carceral capitalism and consolidated normative conceptions of race, gender, and sexuality. This talk will examine how the criminalization of black women shaped the development of modern political, economic, and cultural life under Jim Crow, while also considering women’s resistance and refusal in southern prisons as practices of black radicalism and abolitionist feminism.

Book signing and light reception to follow. Free & open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.

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About Sarah Haley

 Sarah Haley is assistant professor of gender studies and African American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a PhD in African American Studies and American Studies and has worked as a paralegal for the New York Federal Public Defender office and as a labor organizer. Her research focuses on black feminist analyses of the U.S. carceral state from the late nineteenth century to the present, black women and labor, and black radical traditions and organizing. Her first book, No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity, examines the lives of imprisoned women in the U.S. South from the 1870s to the 1930s and the role of carcerality in shaping cultural logics of race and gender under Jim Crow. She is working on a book that examines the relationship between domesticity, state violence, and the development of the contemporary carceral state.