Dylan Rodriguez: Prison/Genocide/Abolition

Dylan Rodríguez is professor and chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at University of California–Riverside, where he began his teaching career in 2001. Rodríguez’s political and intellectual work addresses the social logics of racial genocide as they operate through the changing systems of racist state violence, global white supremacy, and other forms of institutionalized dehumanization. His scholarly and pedagogical practices move across the fields of critical race and ethnic studies, radical social thought, and cultural studies. He is a founding member of Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex, a national movement building collective that seeks to fulfill the social and historical vision of abolition, and has worked closely with numerous organizations and scholarly collectives.

Rodríguez is the author of two books: Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and Suspended Apocalypse: White Supremacy, Genocide, and the Filipino Condition (University of Minnesota Press, 2009). His essays have appeared in such scholarly journals as Radical History Review, Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture, Critical Sociology, The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, Social Justice: a Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order, and Scholar & Feminist Online. 

He earned two bachelor of art degrees and a concentration degree from Cornell University and received his master of arts and doctorate in ethnic studies from the University of California—Berkeley. He was nationally recognized by Diverse magazine as one of its Emerging Scholars of 2006, and has been a Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellow.

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