Christopher Petrella, Ph.D., teaches at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and explores questions at the intersection of race, state, and criminalization.

His work has been featured in the New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, The Nation, Mother Jones, Boston Review, VICE, USA TODAY, Bill Moyers, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Tavis Smiley Show, Salon, Truthout, Alternet, and a variety of other venues. Christopher's work has also appeared on NPR, BBC, and MTV.

From legislative testimony to community advocacy, Christopher has collaborated with organizations including the ACLU's National Prison Project, Harvard Law School's Institute for Race & Justice, Columbia's Prison Divest Project, U.C. Berkeley's Afrikan Black Coalition, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Prison Legal News.

B.A., Bates College (2006)
M.A., Harvard University (2008)
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (2016)

"Consequences of California's Prison Realignment Initiative" (Prison Legal News)

Interview: "Why For-Profit Prisons House More Prisoners of Color" (NPR)

Interview: "The Color of Corporate Corrections" (The Tavis Smiley Show)

Interview: "Private Prison Race Rigging" (Abby Martin's Breaking the Set)

Interview: "The Color of Corporate Corrections, Part II: Contractual Exemptions and the Overrepresentation of People of Color in Private Prisons" (The Journal of Radical Criminology)

"The Top 5 Secrets of the Private Prison Industry" (Yahoo! Finance)

"The Color of Corporate Corrections" (The Journal of Radical Criminology)

"Slowly Closing the Gates: A State-by-State Assessment of Recent Prison Closures" (Prison Legal News)

"Football Stadium Named After Private Prison Company Blurs Line Between Retribution and Recreation" (Truthout)

"HIV-Positive Prisoners Too Expensive for Private Prison Operators?" (Counterpunch)