Public Humanities Initiative

Teaching Contemporary Civilization in Prison

Thursday, December 3, 2015  12:15pm The Heyman Center, Common Room, Second Floor


Heyman Center for the Humanities

Society of Fellows in the Humanities

Joshua Dubler is Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester and served as a post-doctoral fellow with the Society of Fellows in the Humanities from 2008-2011. Joshua earned his PhD in Religion from Princeton University. His dissertation was an ethnographic study of the chapel at Graterford Prison, which he turned into a book Down in the Chapel (FSG, 2013). His forthcoming book entitled Break Every Yoke: Religion, Power, and the End of Mass Incarceration, looks to marshal religious resources toward prison abolition. As a post-doctoral fellow, he taught Columbia’s Core course, Contemporary Civilizations, in Graterford Prison in Pennsylvania, and his talk will be a reflection of that teaching experience.


  • Josh Dubler

    Assistant Professor of Religion

    University of Rochester


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