Category: Alumni Authors

Title:In This Place Called Prison: Women’s Religious Life in the Shadow of Punishment

Author: Rachel Ellis (C'10)
Date Published: April 26, 2023

In This Place Called Prison offers a vivid account of religious life within an institution designed to punish. Rachel Ellis conducted a year of ethnographic fieldwork inside a U.S. state women’s prison, talking with hundreds of incarcerated women, staff, and volunteers. Through their stories, Ellis shows how women draw on religion to navigate lived experiences of carceral control. A trenchant study of religion colliding and colluding with the state in an enduring tension between freedom and constraint, this book speaks to the quest for dignity and light against the backdrop of mass incarceration, state surveillance, and American inequality.

(University of California Press, 2023)

View Book Listing >

More News

The River Runs South By Audrey Ingram Book Cover

The River Runs South explores timely commentary on Alabama’s fragile ecosystem and exploring themes of grief, love, and community. (Penguin Random House, 2023) View Book Listing>…

She Said by Megan Twohey Book Cover

From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the untold story of their investigation of Harvey Weinstein. (Penguin Random House, 2020) View Book Listing>…

Rabbit Hole by Kate Brody Book Cover

Conspiracy theories from Reddit seduce a disaster-prone woman into an obsession with solving her older sister’s cold-case disappearance. (Soho Press, 2024) View Book Listing>…