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New CAS Faculty

Professor Rashad Shabazz

Rashad Shabazz

Assistant Professor of Geography

Rashad Shabazz, Assistant Professor of Geography, was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. He attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy in 1999. He obtained his M.A. in 2002 at Arizona State University from the school of Justice and Social Inquiry. In June 2008 he graduated from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The History of Consciousness program is an interdisciplinary humanities program where students are trained across disciplines and encouraged to do original scholarship. His academic cannon profoundly reflects his training in that it brings together theories of race and racism, Black cultural studies, gender studies, and critical prison studies, within a methodological framework that brings together history, geography, and literature. His research explores the linkages between race, performances of masculinity, prison literature, and carceral space in the U.S. and South Africa. His dissertation was an examination of how the deployment of carceral spatial formations and techniques into the quotidian lives of poor Black communities prepares and predestines many Black men for prison life.

While at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he was a Teaching Assistant in American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Film, and History of Consciousness. He taught two courses at UCSC: American Prison Literature 1960-Present--a course he designed--and Race and Ethnicity. Both were taught in the American Studies department.

His anti-prison activism was a catalyst for his academic work. He is an editor for the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (a Canadian-based journal that publishes the work of prisoners around the world) and an organizer for Critical Resistance (an activist organization that seeks to redirect America's failed policy on incarceration). He has also taught at San Quentin Prison.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, traveling, listening to music, watching film (particularly art house cinema), and being with friends.

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