Keynote Address

Dr. Dylan Rodriguez

Associate Professor
Department of Ethnic Studies
University of California, Riverside

“From Slavery’s ‘Abolition’ to ‘Genocide Management’: The U.S. Prison Regime and the Context for Radical Activism and Scholarship”

Dr. Dylan Rodriguez, Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside

Dr. Dylan Rodríguez

Dylan Rodríguez is an Associate Professor at UCR, where he began his teaching career in 2001. He received his Ph.D. and his M.A. degrees in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned two B.A. degrees from Cornell University in Africana Studies (Magna Cum Laude) and the College Scholar Program, as well as a Concentration Degree in Asian American Studies.

Dr. Rodríguez is an interdisciplinary scholar-activist whose interests traverse the fields of critical race studies and cultural studies, with focal attention to the intersections of race, state violence, and community/identity formation. His work attempts to engage with the field of radical and revolutionary praxis that has emerged in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, across the different sites and moments of struggle against global racism, white supremacy, and other forms of institutionalized dehumanization. His political, philosophical, and theoretical interests are especially devoted to visualizing notions of “freedom,” “liberation,” “community,” and “justice” that productively, creatively critique and disarticulate dominant definitions. Among other political-intellectual collectives, he has worked with and/or alongside such organizations as Critical Resistance (a leading force in the contemporary prison abolitionist movement, see criticalresistance.org), INCITE! (a progressive antiviolence movement led by radical women of color, see incite-national.org), the Critical Filipino and Filipina Studies Collective (cffsc.focusnow.org), and the editorial board of the internationally recognized journal Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order.

Prof. Rodríguez’ first book, Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime was published in 2006 by the University of Minnesota Press. His essay-length writings have appeared in such scholarly journals as Radical History Review, Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture, The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, Social Justice: a Journal of Crime, Conflict, & World Order, and Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture. Some of his other written work has been included in such anthologies as Warfare: Prison and the American Homeland (ed. Joy Ann James) (Durham: Duke University Press, 2007), Positively No Filipinos Allowed: Building Communities and Discourse (eds. Tiongson, Gutierrez, and Gutierrez) (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2006), Pedagogies of the Global: Knowledge in the Human Interest (ed. Arif Dirlik), (Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2006), and Radical Philosophy Today, Vol. 2: The Problems of Resistance, (Steve Martinot, ed.) (Amherst, NY: Humanity Press, 2001).

photo_small1 Introduction by Dr. Charles Price

Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Charles Price’s earned his Ph.D. from the City University of New York in 2001.  His research interests converge around identity formation, welfare and access to higher education, community organizations and community organizing, ethnographically-grounded oral history, and advocacy and collaborative research projects. Charles’s current research is based in Jamaica and the United States and focuses on themes of Black Identity; Social Identity , Welfare and Higher Education Policies, Oral History, Advocacy Research, Jamaica and the Anglophone Caribbean, the United States.

In Jamaica, Charles’s ongoing work involves documenting the early phases of the Rastafari movement through life stories, and focusing on social and racial identity formation among the first two generations of Rastafari in Jamaica. He is also an official representative of the Rastafari Centralization Organization, Kingston, Jamaica. Recent publications on the Rastafari include “Political and Radical Aspects of the Rastafarian Movement,” in Nature, Society and Thought (2000) and “The Development and Co-Optation of an Antisystemic Identity,” Identity
(2003).

Presently, Charles is one of three site evaluators of a Ford Foundation-sponsored project focused on building capacity in community organizations that do community organizing. This project is spread across seven southern states, and two cities, Los Angeles and Chicago. Charles also works on policy issues surrounding welfare and access to higher education, and has published research reports on the subject, including “Coalition-Building and State TANF Policy” (1999), “Proceedings of the National Conference: Welfare Reform and the College Option” (1999), and “Still Committed to the Higher Education Option: Model State, College and Advocacy Organizations that Support Welfare Recipients Going to College (2003. He produced a video, “Welfare Reform and the College Option: Perspectives on the Issues” (2002). In July 2003 Charles was invited to participate in a briefing of senior Senate staff on the role of postsecondary education policy in the reauthorization of welfare reform.

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