Prof. Nikki Jones, African American Studies

Prof. Julia Chinyere Oparah, Mills College

Prof. Ashon Crawley, UC Riverside

Black Lives Matter: Police Violence, Prisons, & Freedom Visions
co-sponsored by the Multicultural Community Center, the Carceral Geographies Course Thread, and African American Studies

Friday, September 19, 2014
5pm – 7pm
Multicultural Community Center, Hearst Field Annex D37

Featured speakers:
Prof. Nikki Jones, African American Studies
Prof. Julia Chinyere Oparah, Mills College, author of Global Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex
Prof. Ashon Crawley, UC Riverside

Nikki Jones is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a faculty affiliate with the Center for the Study of Law and Society. Her areas of expertise include urban ethnography, race and ethnic relations and criminology and criminal justice, with a special emphasis on the intersection of race, gender, and justice. Professor Jones has published three books, including the sole-authored Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls andInner City Violence (2010), published in the Rutgers University Press Series in Childhood Studies (

Julia Chinyere Oparah is an activist scholar, social justice educator and experienced community organizer, who is dedicated to producing groundbreaking critical scholarship in the service of progressive social movements. Oparah is an African diaspora specialist, whose interests span a number of different social concerns, including activism by women of color, violence against women, women and the prison-industrial complex, restorative justice, queer and transgender liberation, race and adoption, research justice and birth activism.

Oparah is professor and department chair of Ethnic Studies at Mills College. She played a leading role in the establishment of Mills’ Queer Studies Program and sits on the Advisory Committee for that program. She is author of Other Kinds of Dreams: Black Women’s Organizations and the Politics of Organization, the only comprehensive history of the black women’s movement on Britain. She is editor of Global Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex, a seminal work that mapped the connections between globalization, gender and mass incarceration, and she is currently a scholar-in-residence at the UC Berkeley Beatrice Bain Research Group.

Ashon Crawley is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at University of California, Riverside. He earned his doctoral degree in English with a certificate in African and African American Studies from Duke University. He is completing his first book project, Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility, which investigates the relationship of aesthetic productions to modes of intellectual practice.