Andrea Morrell F'19

Andrea  Morrell
Assistant Professor
Anthropology
City University of New York, Guttman Community College
last updated: 10/1/2019

Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships 2019
Assistant Professor
Anthropology
City University of New York, Guttman Community College
Prison Town: Race, Work, and Making the Carceral State in Elmira, New York

“Prison Town” examines the carceral state in an upstate New York prison town, and shows how people live across the divides created by the carceral state. In one chapter, it uses interviews and participant observation on private bus routes carrying families of prisoners from New York City to see their loved ones in Elmira, one of New York's two state prisons. In addition, this project involves working in the New York State archives with documents related to the affirmative action committees created after the Attica rebellion to document the rank and file prison guards and their engagement and disengagement. In this way, it outlines a pattern of what David Roediger and Elizabeth Esch call a “collective racial development” of whiteness.