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Policing the Planet - Book Panel

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Policing the Planet - Book Panel

Policing the Panet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter
Edited by Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton

Combining firsthand accounts from activists with the research of scholars and reflections from artists, Policing the Planet traces the global spread of the broken-windows policing strategy, first established in New York City under Police Commissioner William Bratton. It’s a doctrine that has vastly broadened police power the world over—to deadly effect.

With contributions from #BlackLivesMatter cofounder Patrisse Cullors, Ferguson activist and Law Professor Justin Hansford, Director of New York–based Communities United for Police Reform Joo-Hyun Kang, poet Martín Espada, and journalist Anjali Kamat, as well as articles from leading scholars Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Robin D. G. Kelley, Naomi Murakawa, Vijay Prashad, and more, Policing the Planet describes ongoing struggles from New York to Baltimore to Los Angeles, London, San Juan, San Salvador, and beyond.


Orisanmi Burton is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of the District of Columbia. His research focuses on racial capitalism, policing and insurgent movements against the carceral state. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the history of self-organization, intellectual production and resistance within men's prisons following the Attica rebellion of 1971.

Jordan T. Camp is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown. He is the author of Incarcerating the Crisis: Freedom Struggles and the Rise of the Neoliberal State (University of California Press, 2016).

Christina B. Hanhardt is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on the historical and contemporary study of U.S. social movements and cities since the mid-20th century, with an emphasis on the politics of stigma, punishment, and uneven development. She is the author of Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence (Duke University Press, 2013).

Christina Heatherton is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at Trinity College. A historian of anti-racist social movements, she is completing her first book The Color Line and the Class Struggle: The Mexican Revolution, Internationalism, and the American Century (University of California Press, forthcoming).

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