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Joy James

Joy James is Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Humanities at Williams College. She is the editor of several anthologies on politics and incarceration, including The New Abolitionists. Her most recent book is Seeking the Beloved Community.


A timely new documentary celebrates Morrison’s novels but downplays the enduring power of her work as an editor and essayist.

Joy James

A nineteenth-century memoir sheds light on the origins of the modern prison.

Joy James

Can the nation-state serve social justice?

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò leads a forum with Thea Riofrancos, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, and others. Plus Leila Farsakh on Palestinian statehood, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix on a “solidarity state,” Joshua Craze on rule by militia, and much more. 

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Our new issue asks what a just state would look like and how to get there.

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