September 26, 2017

World Cafe Live Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
  • Marie Gottschalk

    Professor of Political Science

Dismantling the Carceral State: Law, Order, and Criminal Justice Reform in the Age of Trump

Penn Lightbulb Cafe

Marie Gottschalk studies the origins and politics of mass incarceration, focusing on the idea of a “carceral state” with millions of people who are in prison, on probation, or on parole.

Gottschalk specializes in American politics, criminal justice, health policy, race, the development of the welfare state, and business-labor relations. She was one of the 30 academics, historians, activists, and politicians included in Ana DuVernay’s 13th, a Netflix documentary about mass incarceration that refers to the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery but left an exploitable loophole: “except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.”

She’s the author of Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics and The Prison and the Gallows: The Politics of Mass Incarceration in America, which won the 2007 Ellis W. Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Cafe. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Cafe events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.