Lydia Pelot-Hobbs

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  • Assistant Professor
  • Geography
  • African American and Africana Studies
  • Other Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Ph.D. Geograhy, certificate in American Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2019

M.S. Urban Studies, University of New Orleans, 2011

B.A. Comparative American Studies and English, Oberlin College, 2007


Lydia Pelot-Hobbs is a postdoctoral fellow with New York University's Prison Education Program for academic year 2019-2020.

Selected Publications: 
  Refereed Journal Articles

“Scaling Up or Scaling Back: The Pitfalls and Possibilities of Leveraging Federal Interventions for Abolition” Critical Criminology 26:3 (2018), 423-441.

“Organized Inside and Out: The Angola Special Civics Project and the Crisis of Mass Incarceration” in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society 15:3 (2013), 199-217.

Book Chapters and Essays

“The Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons,” in Remaking Radicalism: A Grassroots Documentary Reader of the United States, 1973-2001, Eds. Dan Berger and Emily Hobson, Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press (forthcoming 2020).

“Lockdown Louisiana” in Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, Eds. Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013.

Select Book Reviews

Progressive Punishment: Job Loss, Jail Growth, and the Neoliberal Logic of Carceral Expansion by Judah Schept in Punishment & Society. April 2016.

Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans by Matt Sakakeeny in Southern Spaces. Posted online February 20, 2015.

We Shall Not be Moved by Tom Wooten in Shelterforce: The Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development. Posted online November 1, 2012.

Arm the Spirit: A Womans Journey Underground and Back by Diana Block in Left Turn Magazine July/August 2009: 72-73.

Abolition Now! Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex by CR10 Publications Collective, eds. in Left Turn Magazine January/February 2009: 76-77.

Select Popular Publications

 “Louisiana’s Turn to Mass Incarceration: The Building of a Carceral State” in the American Association of Geographers Newsletter. Posted February 1, 2018.

 “Organizing the Prisons in the 1960s and 1970s: Prisoner Rights Round Table” in Process: The Blog for the Organization of American Historians. Posted September 22, 2016.

“Alton Sterling and Police Impunity in Louisiana” in Verso Books Blog. Posted July 11, 2016.

“Reflections on the Ten Year Aftermath of the Federal Flood” in Justice Roars. Posted August 28, 2015.

“Writing Across the Walls: Prisoner Journalism for Freedom” in The Abolitionist, Fall 2013

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