CalvinJohn Smiley, Ph.D.

Year graduated


Current institution(s)

Montclair State University-Justice Studies Department


B.A., Africana Studies & Political Science, Lehigh University, 2008; M.A., Political Science, Lehigh University, 2009; M.Phil., Sociology, CUNY-Graduate Center, 2012; Ph.D., Sociology, CUNY-Graduate Center, 2014; Africana Studies Certificate, CUNY-Graduate Center, 2014.

About me

My research focuses primarily in the areas of: prisoner reentry, mass incarceration, race, gender, citizenship, community, space, restorative justice, alternatives to incarceration, and prison abolition.

My dissertation work focused on how men and women coming home from prison navigated and negotiated this process with diminished legal, social, economic, and political rights. In addition, my work tries to understand how this population understands their own identity as citizens because of the role civil death plays on their post-incarceration experience.

GC Faculty advisor(s)

Dr. Juan Battle, Ph.D. , Dr. Lynn Chancer, Ph.D., Dr. David C. Brotherton, Ph.D., Dr. Jock Young, Ph.D. (deceased)


Adjunct Experience:
Spring 2010-Present: John Jay College
Fall 2010-Fall 2013: City College
Fall 2010-Present: Hunter College

Assistant Professor:
Fall 2014: Montclair State University


smiley (at) mail (dot) montclair (dot) com

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