Carceral Studies Consortium at the University of Oklahoma - Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture

Carceral Studies Consortium at the University of Oklahoma

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The Carceral Studies Consortium brings together faculty, staff and students from across the University of Oklahoma and beyond to cultivate and support rigorous research, pedagogy, and community engagement toward social transformation.

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About Carceral Studies

Carceral Studies takes as its primary subject of inquiry the contemporary problem of states and societies organized by punishment and incarceration. 

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Join the Consortium Board!

Faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and community members can apply to become Core Affiliate or Affiliate Board Members. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Fall 2022 Micro-Grant Applications NOW OPEN!

The Consortium offers a small number of micro-grants of up to $500 to OU faculty, staff, and students to support the development of research, pedagogy, and community engagement projects relating to carceral studies. Fall 2022 Micro-Grant Applications are due October 18, 2022. Project leads should be notified of funding decisions within 2 weeks of the due date. Faculty staff, and students are encouraged to apply.

Media Spotlight:

This Jail Is Using Chess To Change Lives (Street Chess Ep.1) [VIDEO]


Resources + Opportunities

  • OU Libraries and Carceral Studies Consortium Assemble “Racial Capitalism” Library Guide (Learn more)
  • Carceral Studies Consortium Faculty Affiliate Application (Learn more)
  • “Why All Americans Should Honor Juneteenth”, featuring historian Karlos K. Hill at OU (Linked here)
  • Sophia Sarantakos, “Resources on Prison-Industrial Complex Abolition & Anti-Carceral Social Work” (Linked here)
  • Undergraduate Carceral Studies Courses at OU (See courses)
  • Kayla Marie Martensen, “Review of Carceral State Studies and Application,” Sociology Compass 42, no. 7 (July 2020) (Read here)

Past Events

  • Carceral Studies Consortium Announces Student Work Prize (Learn more and apply)
  • Consortium Hosts Educational Gathering for OU Faculty and Staff on Feb. 23rd, 2022 (Learn more)
  • Participate in the Online Book Drive for the Taft Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility for Women in Muskogee, Oklahoma (Learn more)
  • “When the Battles Go to War: An Exploration of How Bobby and Jasmine Battle Became the Oklahoma Faces of Mass Incarceration and the Black Family,” a lecture by Dr. Jermaine Thibodeaux held on March 9, 2022 (Event details, PDF)
  • “Failure to Protect: How Queer Politics Intervenes in the Logic of Children as Hubs of Security,” a lecture by Dr. Meg Sibbett held on Nov. 3, 2021 (Event details, PDF)
  • Consortium Hosts Grey Matter Documentary on Nov. 4th, 2021 (Learn more)
  • The Last Defense to be screened on Nov. 4th, 2021 (Learn more)
  • Consortium Hosts “Prison Lands” Film Series Oct. 6, Nov. 3 & Dec. 1 in Oklahoma Memorial Union (Learn more and pre-register)
  • Consortium Hosts Educational Gathering for OU Faculty and Staff on Sept. 27th, 2021 (Learn more)
  • University-wide initiative to mark 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre (Learn more)
  • Carceral Studies Federal Funding Workshop with Bill Ruch of Lewis-Burke held on 4/16/21 (View Slides | View Recording)
  • Carceral Studies Federal Funding Workshop with Beeta Rasouli and Kari McCarron of Lewis-Burke held on 4/30/21 (View SlidesView Recording)
  • Ideating for Convergent Research in Trauma & Advancing Well-being on 3/22/21 (Register here)
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Carceral Studies Consortium News

  • Carceral Studies Consortium Announces Income Director, Dr. Constance Chapple (Learn more)
  • Carceral Studies Consortium Announces Fall 2022 Microgrant Recipient (Learn more)
  • OU Architecture Students Host “Reconstructing Incarceration” Exhibition (Learn more)
  • Carceral Studies Consortium Announces 2021 Student Work Prize Recipients (Learn more)
  • University of Oklahoma Community Donates over 130 Books to Incarcerated Women (Learn more)
  • Spring 2021 Carceral Studies Consortium Micro-Grant Award Winners Announced (Learn more)
  • Norman Police Establish Research and Assessment Partnership with Knee Institute & OU School of Social Work (Read more)
  • OU Carceral Studies Consortium Launches New Podcast (Start Listening)
  • Gibbs College of Architecture student journal Telesis announces call for submissions on the topic of isolation (See the CFP here)
  • Poetic Justice Calls for Volunteers (Read more)
  • OU Team Helps Raise Awareness of Mass Incarceration in Rio de Janeiro (Read more)
  • University of Oklahoma Welcomes Dr. Jermaine Thibodeaux to Faculty (Read more)
  • Carceral Studies Consortium introduces Newsletter (Read more)
  • Carceral Studies Consortium issues statement on Juneteenth and George Floyd (Read more)
  • Carceral Studies Board Member Sabina Vaught Talks to DreamRadically Podcast About Prison Industrial Complex Abolition (Listen now)
  • OU Professor Karlos K. Hill Partners with Vox Media on Documentary: “Why all Americans should honor Juneteenth” (Learn more)
  • Public Lecture Series Entitled “The Wrongfully Convicted” Offered as Part of Spring 2020 Presidential Dream Course Program (Learn more)
  • “Re imagining a Jail for Oklahoma City” Course to be Offered as Part of Fall 2020 Presidential Dream Course Program (Learn more)
  • Design Students Present Final Projects to OKC Non-Profit (Learn more)
  • Former OU student continues fight to prove innocence after 20 years on death row (Learn more)
  • OU Professor Hosts Feminist Reading Group for Incarcerated Girls (Learn more)
  • Gibbs College Students, Faculty are “Rethinking Women’s Prisons” (Learn more)
  • “Invisible Eve” Photo Exhibition Tells the Story of Incarcerated Women and their Children (Learn more)

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