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 Vanessa Lynn

Vanessa Lynn

PhD Student in Sociology

'Collective memories of the War on Drugs in New York City: Towards a discourse of responsibility and victimhood'


Synopsis: The work I will present is based on a three-part study I conducted from May to September 2014. I will share the preliminary findings of interviews with 17 men and three women, all African Americans and formerly incarcerated for a drug-related crime. I will analyze the convergence of the private and public memories of the War on Drugs and the dominant narrative of the New Jim Crow. 

Biography: Vanessa Lynn received her BA in Sociology and Journalism from CUNY Brooklyn College and MS in Applied Social Research from CUNY Hunter College. Currently a Turner Fellow and third-year PhD student in the sociology program at Stony Brook, Vanessa’s research interests are on the issues of race and the criminal justice system, and the implication on policies and practices. She performed preliminary research in France and New York on the use of art and art programs in the rehabilitation of incarcerated individuals. Her research overall bridges the literature on collective memory and reentry practices.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 12:30 PM



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