Introduction: The Prison Issue

  • Bruce Simon English Department, SUNY Fredonia


"The Prison Issue" might  be understood as raising—and providing a variety of (sometimes conflicting) answers to—an urgent series of questions: how does attention to the booming punishment industry force us to rethink our understanding of the contours and contexts of the crisis in higher education? higher education: for whom and what for? what can academic disciplines, organizations, and institutions do to end their complicity with the expansion of the prison-industrial complex? can colleges and universities be transformed to become engines of social change rather than social reproduction? how, and to what ends?

Author Biography

Bruce Simon, English Department, SUNY Fredonia
Bruce Simon is Associate Professor of English and teaches courses in American, African American, and world literature. He is the former a co-editor of Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor.