Jarrod Shanahan

  Assistant Professor
  708-534-3146ext. 3146
  Office Location: E2515
  Office Hours: Mon. & Tue. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  College: CAS

History - Minor
History - Bachelor of Arts
Criminal Justice - Minor
Criminal Justice - Bachelor of Arts
American Studies - Minor
Division of Arts and Letters



Dr. Jarrod Shanahan studies the social history of punishment and control in the United States and recent protest movements against capitalism. He is the author of Captives: How Rikers Island Took New York City Hostage (Verso, 2022), which won the 2023 New York City Book Award, the co-author of States of Incarceration: Rebellion, Reform, and America's Punishment System (Reaktion/Field Notes, 2022), an editor of Treason to Whiteness is Loyalty to Humanity: A Noel Ignatiev Reader (Verso, 2022), and an editor of the journal Hard Crackers: Chronicles of Everyday Life

Dr. Shanahan is also the co-author of City Time: The Social World of Sentenced Men at Rikers Island, forthcoming from NYU Press, and Skyscraper Jails, forthcoming from Haymarket Books. 

His short writing has appeared in numerous publications including Social Justice, Race & Class, Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Brooklyn RailJacobinViceUrban OmnibusNew InquiryTruthoutIll WillEnd NotesInquestInsurgent Notes, and Gothamist

His research has been cited or reviewed in numerous publications including the New York TimesWashington PostNew York Review of BooksLondon Review of BooksThe Nation, and the New York Daily News

Dr. Shanahan lives in Chicago and speaks regularly on the topics of policing, incarceration, and protest movements against them, often at his favorite bookstore, Pilsen Community Books. 

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