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 ESPN, NPR, BBC, NBC, 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)


"Feeling Real Black Right Now" (The Undefeated)

"Bill Clinton's Stone Mountain Moment" (Jacobin)

"U.S. Prison Reform" (CCTV Interview)

"Federal Prison-Owned 'Factories with Fences' Facing Increased Scrutiny" (NBCNews)

"Why the U.S. is Right to Move Away from Private Prisons" (The New Yorker)

"Private Prison Companies are Embracing Alternatives to Incarceration" (The Nation)

"The DHS Under Pressure to Dump Private Prisons for Immigrant Detainees" (Yahoo! Finance)

"The Biggest Problem with Private Prisons starts on Capitol Hill" (Business Insider)

"The Debate over Private Prisons is Masking Real Problems with America's Prison Industry" (Business Insider)

"What You Need to Know About the DOJ's Claim It Is Ending Private Prisons" (Alternet)

"Captive Market" (Harper's Magazine)