Signs, a long running, respected, and critical feminist journal, has released a special virtual issue on #TheFeministResistance.  Full of commentary on our current political and social situation, in which oppressions are shifting and (for some) becoming more apparent, this special issue is a needed resource.

These resources will remain open-access until August 21, 2017.  View them at


Marsh and Austin win 2017 Baker & Taylor Collection Development Grants

I am pleased and excited to be a recipient of the 2017 Baker & Taylor Collection Development Grant.  Funding from this grant will go toward collection development for the existing library collection at Queer and Trans Youth Treehouse, an LGBTQ youth center that prioritizes youth of color.

More information about the award is available in this announcement from ALA.


The state-enforced detention of immigrant youth (and adults) has been one of the most difficult to numerically track.  Ranging from black-site prisons, such as Homan Square in Chicago, to indefinite immigration detention around the world, and peppered through-out by tails of three-strike laws forcing individuals to be placed in countries they have never personally known, imprisonment is the tool the state utilizes to shape experiences of immigration, belonging, and power.  For those looking to be better informed about standing with immigrants in the face of U.S. state violence the University of  Minnesota has created an Immigration Syllabus.

The syllabus covers migration, colonization, and more up to the present United States enactments of deportations, islamophobia, and analyses of walled separatism.

Archiving Prisons

I was recently asked about resources around archives, images, and prisons.  Here are three resources that address these topics.

Indiana University Women’s Prison History

A college-course for incarcerated women led to an unveiling of the history of an Indiana prison.  Women read historical texts through their own experience as a way of growing the archive and disturbing the history on the prison.  More on the course is available at Prison history assignment yields surprise, passion for research and a student publication is available at Women’s Prison History: The Undiscovered Country.

Prison Public Memory Project

The Prison Public Memory Project works to unearth histories and relate them to contemporary issues around incarceration and penal systems.  It includes archival photographs and records alongside new media and oral histories.

Prison Photography

Prison Photography is a collaborative effort to include recent and archival images of prisoners (I believe it is primarily focused on the United States).  Here is a highlighted project that disrupts the boundaries of time by including the notes of present-day prisoners on historical images – Vast Archive of 10,000 Negatives Unearthed at San Quentin