Police Violence Syllabus

Date Published: 11/7/2019

Our syllabi series highlights articles, books, and journal issues that encourage discussion of today’s most pressing issues. Selections in this syllabus explore and criticize police violence in both contemporary and historical contexts. Topics include the militancy of policing, Black Lives Matter, carceral technologies, gender, and more.

All book introductions are freely available.

Policing, Justice, and the Radical Imagination

Amy Chazkel, Monica Kim, and A. Naomi Paik, issue editors
Radical History Review 137, 2020

Black Lives Matter and the Limits of Formal Black Politics

Minkah Makalani
South Atlantic Quarterly 116:3, 2017

Violence and Policing

Shamus Khan and Madiha Tahir, editors
Public Culture 89, 2019

Carpeteo Redux: Surveillance and Subversion against the Puerto Rican Student Movement

Marisol LeBrón
Radical History Review 128, 2017

Violence Work: State Power and the Limits of Police

Micol Seigel

Lights, Camera, Police Action!

John L. Jackson, Jr.
Public Culture 78, 2016

Warfare in the American Homeland: Policing and Prison in a Penal Democracy

Joy James, editor

Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life

Ruha Benjamin, editor

The Gender of Police Violence

Nikki Jones
Tikkun 31:1, 2016

Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology

INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, editors

Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity

Loïc Wacquant

Public Spectacles of Violence

Rielle Navitski

Forging a Modern Democratic Imaginary: Police Sovereignty, Neoliberalism, and the Boundaries of Neo-Korea

Jong Bum Kwon
positions 22:1, 2014

"Anarchist Beauties" in Late Meiji Japan: Media Narratives of Police Violence in the Red Flag Incident

Tomoko Seto
Radical History Review 126, 2016