Dr. Joy James
Dr. Joy James is the F.C. Oakley Professor in Humanities at Williams College, where she teaches in Political Science, Africana Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and American Studies.She is the author of Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics and Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender and Race in U.S. Culture. Her edited books include The New Abolitionists: (Neo)Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison Writings, Imprisoned Intellectuals, States of Confinement, The Black Feminist Reader, and The Angela Y. Davis Reader.
Dr. Stuart Schrader
Dr. Stuart Schrader, (Ph.D., American Studies) is a lecturer and sociologist at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing. He studies the intersections of racism, policing, and urbanization, examining security, counterinsurgency, and the entwinement of foreign and domestic policy. His work appears in The American Quarterly, Boston Review, Journal of Urban History, Harvard Design Magazine, and NACLA Report on the Americas.
Eddy Zheng, co-founder of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee, works to raise awareness around the impact of criminalization and deportation on Asian and Pacific Islander communities while exposing the migration-to-school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline. Convicted at age 16 of a crime, Zheng was imprisoned by the State of California and ICE for 21 years before a diverse coalition mobilized for his freedom and citizenship. An activist for prisoner liberation, Zheng is a Soros Justice Fellow, co-editor of Other: An Asian and Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology, and the subject of the documentary, Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story which will be screened during this year’s Roundtable with the filmmaker, Ben Wang.