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Calvin John Smiley

Calvin John Smiley is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Hunter College-City University of New York (CUNY). Smiley is the author of Purgatory Citizenship, published by University of California Press. His writing has appeared in the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social EnvironmentThe Prison Journal, and Punishment & Society, and his research has been featured in the Washington Post, the GuardianToronto Star, and Le Monde. Outside of writing, Smiley works with incarcerated youth and young men in New York City. He lives in Queens, New York. 

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  • Defund: Conversations Toward Abolition

    June 4, 2024

    Join author Calvin John Smiley and special guests Marc Lamont Hill, Zellie Imani, and Olayemi Olurin for a conversation and celebration of the book Defund: Conversations Toward Abolition.