What Ella Friday is Thinking About Now

CSREA - Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

A core component of CSREA’s mission is supporting the development of cutting-edge, collaborative, intellectual work. “What I Am Thinking About Now” is an informal workshop/seminar series where faculty and advanced students present recently published works and works in progress for early-stage feedback and development. See all of this semester’s WITAN events here.


Medical Neglect in Jail: Time, Health and Proximity to Death

Ella Friday, CSREA Postdoctoral Research Associate

This presentation will discuss how institutional thoughtlessness and explicit negligence places imprisoned people, who often already have at least one preexisting health condition, at greater risk for health complications, including death. Through exorbitant waiting periods for time-sensitive medical care, the stigmas and acceptable mistreatment of “criminals” are revealed.

About the Presenter

Gabreélla (Ella) Friday completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at Binghamton University in May of 2022. She worked as a prisoner’s rights advocate, community organizer, professor, and researcher for Binghamton University and the greater Binghamton community. Her areas of specialization include mass incarceration, women, gender and sexuality studies, time and social theory, critical race theory, and social movements. Ella’s dissertation project centered the narratives of incarcerated women and how they understand, interact with, and even resist the time of imprisonment. More generally, she seeks to understand the intersections of race, gender, and time in order to construct a Black feminist understanding of time.