As a scholar activist, I work to bring the principles of Black feminist abolition to question of gender violence, by working against criminalization and carcerality in all of it's forms.

Beth E. Richie, PhD

Beth E. Richie is the LAS Distinguished Professor, Head of the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice, and Professor of Black Studies at The University of Illinois at Chicago. The emphasis of her scholarly and activist work has been on the ways that race/ethnicity and social position affect women's experience of violence and incarceration, focusing on the experiences of African American battered women and sexual assault survivors. 

Richie is one of the editors of The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences, Working Towards Freedom (2018) with collaborating teachers from Stateville Prison. Her earlier book Compelled to Crime: the Gender Entrapment of Black Battered Women, is taught in many college courses and is recognized for its original arguments concerning race, gender and crime and the contemporary advocacy work on behalf of criminalized survivors. Dr. Richie recently co-authored a book titled Abolition. Feminism. Now. (2022) with Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent and Erica Meiners.  

Abolition. Feminism. Now.

In this remarkable collaborative work, leading scholar-activists Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent, Erica R. Meiners, and Beth E. Richie surface the often unrecognized genealogies of queer, anti-capitalist, internationalist, grassroots, and women-of-color-led feminist movements, struggles, and organizations that have helped to define abolition and feminism in the twenty-first century.

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Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation

Beth E. Richie shows that the threat of violence to Black women has never been more serious, demonstrating how conservative legal, social, political and economic policies have impactedactivism in the U.S.-based movement to end violence against women.

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Abolition. Feminism. Now. A Conversation About the Politics and Practice of Abolition Feminism

partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, Marguerite Casey Foundation is hosting a number of book events this year, bringing leading scholars, writers, researchers and activists into conversation with each other and our President & CEO Dr. Carmen Rojas.

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