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Robert T. Chase

Robert T. Chase is associate professor of history at Stony Brook University.  He is the author of We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners Rights in Postwar America (UNC, JPP, 2020).  He is also the editor of Caging Borders and Carceral States: Incarcerations, Immigration Detentions, and Resistance (UNC Press, JPP, 2019). At Stony Brook University, he organized the 2015 conference “From the Color Line to the Carceral State: Prisons, Policing, and Surveillance.”  As a public intellectual, his work on the history of prison, policing, and state violence has been featured on national media programs through radio, newspapers, and television (MSNBC, CNN, NPR, Newsweek, the Washington Post, Black Perspectives, the Brian Lehrer Show, the Joy Cardin Show).  


A historian uncovered an archive of massacre at Attica—only to have the records disappear.

Robert T. Chase