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Calvin Smiley

Calvin Smiley received his Ph.D. from The Graduate Center-CUNY in 2014. His work focuses on the intricacies and complications of prisoner reentry for urban inhabitants. More specifically, his research seeks out how men and women navigate and negotiate reentry space, moving from confinement to community, with diminished legal rights and amplified social stigmas. His dissertation focuses on residents of Newark, New Jersey who were in the early stages of their reentry process transitioning from prison to halfway houses to community. Smiley's work is critical of the glaring contradiction in the ways citizenship is simultaneously given and taken away from persons with a felony conviction. In other words, the state creates a unique type of citizenry for those who have been incarcerated; individuals are concurrently an in-group and out-group. He is currently working on a book proposal based on his research. 

In addition, Smiley is interested in issues of social justice and inequality. He has been published in Deviant Behavior, Tijdschrift over Cultuur & Criminaliteit, and Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, which all look at several areas of social media and virtual space; use of public space; and racial stigmas and social movements, respectively. Smiley also has a growing interest in understanding human and non-human cohabitation in carceral space, which he is pursing as his next research project. 

Smiley is a native of New Jersey, where he can be found relaxing on the Jersey shore in the summer or the beaches of Puerto Rico during winter break. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc., the second oldest Black collegiate fraternal organization, and was a Division I athlete all four years as an undergraduate at Lehigh University (you can guess what sport, he bets you will get it wrong!). Finally, he currently resides in Queens with his partner, beagle, and kitty. 

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Faculty Publications

Across Generations
Building Popular Power
Fighting To Learn
High Profile Crimes
New York and Amsterdam
One Out of These
Opting Out
Questioning The Veil
Sadomasochism In Everyday Life
Seeing The Light
Sewing Women
Strangers No More
The Unhappy Divorce of Sociology and Psychoanalysis
Torture Twilight of Empire
Immigration and Social Capital in the Age of Social Media
A Dream Denied
Being a Scholar in the Digital Era
Foucault's Orient
Oh Book Cover
Opting In
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