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Melanie D. Newport is an Assistant Professor of US History at the University of Connecticut-Hartford. She is affiliated faculty in the American Studies and Urban and Community Studies programs. She is currently working on a history of jailing in Chicago called This is My Jail: Race and Criminal Justice in Modern Urban America under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press (coming 2022).

Melanie is a 2020-2021 Faculty Fellow at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute. Her work was been supposed by the University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts, University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago Libraries, University of Chicago SCRC, and the Black Metropolis Research Consortium.

Read: Melanie in the Washington Post on why bail funds are having a moment.

Watch: Melanie joins COVIDCalls to offer historic perspective on the pandemic’s impact on incarcerated people

Listen: Melanie talks about her research on Cook County Jail on Kite Line Radio.

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