Willie Mack earns Racial Justice Fellowship at Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Willie Mack

June 11, 2024

Willie Mack, an assistant professor in the Department of Black Studies at the University of Missouri’s College of Arts and Science, was recently named a Racial Justice Fellow by Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Carr Center fellows are leading scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines.

The fellowship will be critical to the preparation of his book manuscript, Transnational Carceral Regimes and Punitive Anti-communism: Haitian Immigrants, Race, Empire, and Policing in New York City and Haiti, 1935-2000, which will investigate the 20th century Haitian experience through the lens of the United States carceral empire. In the book, Mack takes a transnational approach to analyze Haitians in the U.S. and Haiti through the intersection of the carceral state, Cold War politics, race, and imperialism, arguing that the U.S.’s punitive anticommunist policies during the Cold War combined to create a transnational carceral network between the U.S. and Haiti.

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