Mediating Perceptions of Race and Criminal Justice in America

Emily Soltys considers our discussion of race and criminality in the USA. Building on Matthew Kuraska’s piece, she looks at the role of media and language in discussing the racialization of crime in America. Soltys is also a student at Elizabethtown College, studying under critical criminologist Dr. Rita Shah. Our lives are made up of… More Mediating Perceptions of Race and Criminal Justice in America

Christian Support for the Black Lives Matter Campaign

Hannah Ciocco examines Black Lives Matter’s recent overtures among Christian communities, drawing parallels to the role of religion in the Civil Rights Movement. Ciocco draws upon the work of Broadcast Seeding guest, Drew G.I. Hart for insight on the role of religion in social activism and engagement.   “Every 28 hours, a black person is murdered… More Christian Support for the Black Lives Matter Campaign

A Passionate Education?: The Creation of Boko Haram

Sam Epps explores the formation of Boko Haram and the lesser publicized effects it has had on Nigeria. See also Garrett Clark’s work on the aesthetics of Boko Haram’s violence. Both Elizabethtown College students are working with Dr. Richard Newton to document Boko Haram’s violence in Nigeria and to analyze the discourse around its mediation.    Nigeria is a coastal country… More A Passionate Education?: The Creation of Boko Haram

The Stereotype of Criminal Blackness

Matthew Kuraska takes the lead in a new series on Reading Race and Criminality. In this post, he investigates the history and effects of criminalizing blackness in American society. His research draws upon multimedia engagement with scholarship in critical criminology. He works under the advisement of Dr. Rita Shah, a critical criminologist at Elizabethtown College. Racial… More The Stereotype of Criminal Blackness

Rethinking American Religions: Failing to Explain America or Continually (Re)Shaping It?

This week we feature the work of Andie Alexander, a Religious Studies graduate student at University of Colorado-Boulder. She challenges us to probe narrations of the history of “American Religions.” With cutting insights into the scholarly literature, Alexander surveys scholarly claims on the past to question the politics of sophisticated selective memories. This semester I’m… More Rethinking American Religions: Failing to Explain America or Continually (Re)Shaping It?