Carceral Studies Conversations Podcast

Welcome to Carceral Studies Conversations, the University of Oklahoma Carceral Studies Consortium‘s podcast series. The Carceral Studies Consortium strives to build a community for intellectual exploration that includes faculty, staff, graduate students, community members, practitioners, and organizers. Carceral Studies is concerned with the independent function and nexus of the political and social systems that organize, shape, sustain, and entrench practices of punishment, surveillance, incarceration, and harm.

This podcast series seeks to understand and illuminate the Carceral State and its manifestations. This project allows us to deconstruct these complex systems and build a more just society. The series offers multiple perspectives into the Carceral State and its impact.

We encourage feedback, suggestions, and article suggestions. Please reach out to with any ideas, thoughts, recommendations, or if you would like to join the conversation.

Podcast Episodes

Episode 14: Jared Deveraux (10/28/21)

In this conversation, Deveraux discusses the connection between race, incarceration, and capitalism. He explains how his experience in prison taught him to understand how racism cannot be eradicated without ending mass imprisonment. In the discussion of private prisons and spending time in a facility located in Texas (under contract with Idaho), he discusses the impact of being separated from his community and family.

Episode 13: Dr. Sophia Sarantakos (10/22/21)

In this episode, Dr. Sarantakos discusses social care work, how social work can support communities, the ethics of academia, and movement lawyering as an actionable framework for social work. Sarantakos explores how communities are mobilized and organizing, offering social workers an opportunity to listen to, respect, and support this ongoing work in preparation for moments of crisis.

Episode 12: Dr. Dylan Rodríguez (6/18/21)

On this episode, Dr. Dylan Rodríguez discusses the persistence and logics of anti-Black chattel slavery as a mode of sociality, the U.S. as a self-narrated reformist nation, freedom movements, knowledge production, and the role of academics and the university in radical liberation projects.

Episode 11: Dr. Jessica Ordaz (5/18/21)

On this episode, Dr. Jessica Ordaz discusses the detention and deportation regime, the violence in the detention process, and the transnational migrant politics that formed in opposition to this violent regime.

Episode 10: Dr. Keramet Reiter (5/4/21)

On this episode, Dr. Keramet Reiter discusses the new architecture of incarceration that expanded dramatically in the late 20th century premised on isolation and repression as well as the organizing against this form of state violence.

Episode 9: Dr. Subini Annamma (4/26/21)

On this episode, Dr. Subini Annamma discusses the way youth in schools are targeted, labeled, and criminalized, how this systemic process perpetuates ableism, sexism and racism, the effects of this targeting.

Episode 8: Dr. Matthew Guariglia (4/1/21)

On this episode, Dr. Matthew Guariglia discusses carceral logics, the international and imperial connections of surveillance and policing, and the ways that surveillance makes people less safe.

Episode 7: Dr. Constance Chapple (3/19/21)

On this episode, Dr. Constance Chapple discusses how trauma from contacts with the criminal justice system manifest in families, the gender deviance gap, and what a research project conducted at a correctional facility at the onset of COVID-19 reveals about systemic inequalities.

Episode 6: Dr. Reuben Jonathan Miller (3/9/21)

On this episode, Dr. Reuben Miller discusses how people are invisibility and what effect that has on them and society. Miller also delves into the issues of legal and cultural citizenship, the afterlife of incarceration as a system of control, and the racism that inhibits progress on the carceral state.

Episode 5: Dr. Scott Gronlund (2/18/21)

On this episode, Dr. Scott Gronlund discusses the malleability of memory in relation to eyewitness evidence in criminal legal proceedings, as well as the key lessons from an analysis of cases where DNA exonerated people in which eyewitness testimony was key in the conviction.

Episode 4: Dr. Guy Emerson Mount (1/21/21)

On this episode, Dr. Guy Emerson Mount explores the meaning of emancipation as it changed over time, the demands of reparations relative to repair and justice, and how the legacies of slavery and the lack of reparations has contributed to the Carceral State.

Episode 3: Dr. Dan Berger (12/17/20)

On this episode, Dr. Dan Berger defines the Carceral State and explores its roots and impact. Berger argues that protest against the Carceral State is one of its key features, and he discusses the modern history of radicalism.

Episode 2: Dr. Kirk “Jae” James (12/1/20)

On this episode, Dr. Jae James discusses trauma, the global and historical development of mass incarceration, and the creation of brave spaces for awareness and liberation.

Episode 1: Dr. Liza Black (11/11/20)

On this episode, Dr. Liza Black talks about carcerality, Indian Country, and the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls.