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Judah Schept


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). 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 Ph.D. in criminal justice from Indiana University and a BA in sociology from Vassar College.