American Studies
American Studies

Judson Barber


Doctoral Student
Judson Barber

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Interests


Public memory, public history, prison and carceral studies, restorative justice, cultural and human geography, feminist geographies, emotional and affective geographies, architecture and urban design, postmodernism, hyperreality, amusement, leisure, and cultures of American recreation.

Biography


Judson was born and raised in Southern California where he also completed his BA and MA degrees in American Studies at California State University, Fullerton. He is a second year PhD student currently preparing for his oral exams in the fields of American civilization, cultural & human geography, and the legacies of racial capitalism. His primary research interests revolve around understanding cultural processes of knowledge construction in the United States, with a specific focus on the social, economic, and political role and work of the prison both in lived experience and cultural memory. His dissertation will examine the physical, political, and psychic geographies of prisons in American culture.

 

Beyond the carceral state, his interests include natural and built environments, vice industries, neoliberalism, the American West, tourism, and spectator sports. He has written and presented papers on subjects that include the electric chair in popular imagination, sabermetrics, zombies in American popular culture, collective memory of Alcatraz Island, dark tourism in the American West, and the cultural work of prisons in contemporary media.

 

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