Dr. Lydia Pelot-Hobbs is a 2019-2020 Postdoctoral Fellow with the Prison Education Program at New York University. She received her PhD in Geography and a certificate in American Studies from The Graduate Center, CUNY (2019). Her dissertation, “The Contested Terrain of the Louisiana Carceral State: Dialectics of Southern Penal Expansion” tracks the dialectical relationship between the formation and contestation of the Louisiana carceral state from the 1970s to the present. Pelot-Hobbs’ research and teaching is situated within work on the carceral state; racial capitalism; Black, feminist, and queer geographies; social movements and grassroots organizing; and the US South. A guiding impulse of her work is to produce research that is grounded in and relevant to grassroots organizing for collective liberation.
Her writing has been published in a broad range of academic and activist venues including Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, Critical Criminology, Southern Spaces, Punishment & Society, Monthly Review Online, The Abolitionist, and in the anthology Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas (University of California Press).
**The header image is a piece of cartographer Harold Fisk’s map “The Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River” originally published by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1944. The image is licensed under creative commons.