Dr Luca FollisSenior Lecturer
Luca Follis holds a B.A. in English Textual Studies (minor in African American Studies) from Syracuse University. He also holds a B.A. (Magna cum Laude) in Sociology and Mass Communication, Broadcast & Journalism from the University of New Mexico. He received his M.A. (with Honours) in Sociology from the New School for Social Research and holds a PhD in Sociology (with Honours) from the New School for Social Research. His PhD dissertation: "Ordering Penal Space: New York State Prison Governance in 19th Century America" received the Albert Solomon Memorial Award in Sociology from the New School. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I am a political sociologist and Lecturer in Criminology in the Law Department. My work explores the intersection of law, state power and resistance.
My past research focused on how democratic orders rationalize and legitimate their (often dehumanizing) incarceration regimes and the sort of normative contradictions and legal confrontations that are staged when prisoners actively challenge these representations. My current research tracks emergent transformations in the UK carceral landscape as well as the impact of networked technology on the articulation and exercise of state power.
Ongoing projects include: technology in prisons, digital exclusion and societal acceleration; the financialization of parole and probation structures in the US and UK; and the eclipse of hacktivism and the rise of state hacking.
I contribute lectures to CRIM 102 (Intro to Criminology and Criminal Justice) and CRIM 219 (Cybercrime and Cybercriminality). I convene and contribute lectures to CRIM 205 (Criminological Thought).
I also teach:
CRIM 335. Prisons, Punishment and Society
CRIM 342. Crimes of Power
PhD Supervision Interests
Dr Follis welcomes potential doctoral students in the areas of: legal sociology, transnational crime, human rights, prisons, cybercrime and capital punishment.
State Hacking at the Edge of Code, Capitalism and Culture
Follis, L., Fish, A. 16/06/2020 In: Information, Communication and Society.
Follis, L., Fish, A.R. 5/05/2020 Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press. 264 p. ISBN: 9780262043601.
The Moon in Apollo's Shadow
Follis, L. 11/10/2019 In: Casopis za Kritiko Znanosti. 277, p. 73-85. 13 p.
Review of Deconstruction Machines: Writing in the Age of Cyberwar by Justin Joque
Follis, L. 2019 International Journal of Communication 3 p.
The province and heritage of humankind: space law’s imaginary of outer space, 1967-1979
Follis, L. 1/09/2018 In: Limiting outer space. London : Palgrave Macmillan p. 183-205. 23 p.
Discipline unbound: patuxent, treatment and the colonization of law
Follis, L. 1/02/2017 In: Law, Culture and the Humanities. 13, 1, p. 56-80. 25 p.
Half-Lives of Hackers and the Shelf Life of Hacks
Follis, L., Fish, A.R. 1/02/2017 In: Limn. 8
Karen M. Morin and Dominique Moran (Eds), Historical Geographies of Prisons: Unlocking the Usable Carceral Past. Abingdon, Routledge, 2015, xii + 232 pages, £90 hardcover.
Follis, L. 01/2017 In: Journal of Historical Geography. 55, 2 p.
Happiness and abolitionism: decentering crime, punishment and time
Follis, L. 23/08/2016 In: Penal abolitionism. EG Press
Gagged and doxed: Hacktivism’s self-incrimination complex
Fish, A.R., Follis, L. 1/06/2016 In: International Journal of Communication. 10, p. 3281-3300. 20 p.
Democratic punishment and the archive of violence: punishment, publicity and corporal excess in antebellum New York
Follis, L. 06/2016 In: Journal of Historical Sociology. 29, 2, p. 207-231. 25 p.
Power in motion: tracking time, space and movement in the British penal estate
Follis, L. 1/10/2015 In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 33, 5, p. 945-962. 18 p.
Anti-Crisis by Janet Roitman Reviewed
Follis, L. 30/06/2015 In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
Edgework, state power, and hacktivists
Fish, A., Follis, L. 2015 In: Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. 5, 2, p. 383-390. 8 p.
Of friendless and stained men: grafting Medieval sanctions onto democratic law
Follis, L. 06/2014 In: Comparative law. London : Routledge
Resisting the camp: civil death and the practice of sovereignty in New York State
Follis, L. 02/2013 In: Law, Culture and the Humanities. 9, 1, p. 91-113. 23 p.
Prisoners of America's wars: from the Early Republic to Guantanamo by Stephanie Carvin
Follis, L. 13/01/2013 In: Human Rights Review. 14, 1, 3 p.
Doing Time in the Depression: Everyday Life in Texas and California Prisons by Ethan Blue
Follis, L. 12/2012 In: Punishment and Society. 14, 5, 3 p.
Laboratory of War: Abu Ghraib, the Human Intelligence Network and the Global War on Terror
Follis, L. 7/12/2007 In: Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory. 14, 4, p. 635-660. 26 p.
Protecting Democracy from Outside Interference
19/02/2020 → …
Doctors within borders: caring for mobile populations in contemporary health systems
01/11/2019 → 30/09/2021
Hacktivism and the State
21/10/2015 → 17/10/2017
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