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Dr. Judah Schept

  • Professor

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  • Department: School of Justice Studies
  • Office: Stratton 411
  • Mailing Address: Stratton 467
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Judah Schept is a Professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. Grounded in the interdisciplinary field of Critical Prison Studies, his work examines the history, political economy, and cultural logics of the carceral state. He is the author of Coal, Cages, Crisis: The Rise of the Prison Economy in Central Appalachia (New York University Press, 2022) and Progressive Punishment: Job Loss, Jail Growth, and the Neoliberal Logic of Carceral Expansion(New York University Press, 2015). He is also co-editor of The Jail is Everywhere: Fighting the New Geography of Mass Incarceration (Verso Books, 2023). His writing can also be found in journals such as Radical Criminology, Theoretical Criminology,
Punishment and Society, Social Justice, Crime, Media, Culture, and the Boston Review. He serves as the book review editor for Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order. At EKU, Judah teaches courses on punishment and society, social movements, and qualitative research methods. He has been active with numerous organizations and campaigns centered on decarceration, decriminalization, and abolition. He holds a PhD from Indiana University and a BA from Vassar College.


Subject  TitleDatesLocationTerm
AFA 400Justice and Social ChangeMW 11:15am-12:30pm Stratton Building 457Spring 2023
CRJ 101Intro. to Criminal Justice  Internet Classes Spring 2023
CRJ 423Justice and Social ChangeMW 11:15am-12:30pm Stratton Building 457Spring 2023
CRJ 889Qualitative Research MethodsW 2:00pm-4:45pm Stratton Building 446Spring 2023
CRJ 899Thesis II  Internet Classes Spring 2023
GRD 897BMS Crim Justice Written Comp   Spring 2023
GRD 898CMS Crim Justice Thesis Defense   Spring 2023
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