May 23, 2022

Reimagining the American Carceral State

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Reimagining the American Carceral State

In this seminar we will ask how the modern police state developed, how everyday Americans respond politically to the carceral state, and explore the possibility of reimagining criminal justice. Prior to the class, students will complete a creative assignment in which they use a non-traditional medium to explain a concept from the readings. This can take any form except a standard essay. At the end of the course students will write a policy paper in which they advocate for a policy that reimagines some facet of the modern carceral state.


  • Enrollment through your home campus
  • OSLEP provides all required reading materials at no additional cost – No books to buy!
Start Date
May 23, 2022
End Date
June 27, 2022
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Prof. Mackenzie Israel-Trummel


Prof. Mackenzie Israel-Trummel

College of William & Mary

Dr. Mackenzie Israel-Trummel is an Assistant Professor in the Government Department at the College of William & Mary. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department and an affiliate faculty member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the Latinx Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma. While at OU she co-founded the Community Engagement + Experiments Lab.

Dr. Israel-Trummel’s research interests are primarily in the field of American political behavior and include the politics of identity and the carceral state. Her work has been supported by the Graduate Research Opportunity at Stanford University, the Laboratory for the Study of American Values, the Junior Faculty Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma, the Paul G. Risser Innovative Teaching Fellowship, and the Social Science Research Council. Dr. Israel-Trummel’s research has been published in outlets including The Journal of Politics, ​Political Behavior, and the Journal of Experimental Political Science. See some of her research featured at the Monkey Cage on the Washington Post.

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