Dr Luca Follis


Research Overview

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.

Hacker States
Follis, L., Fish, A.R. expected in 2020 Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press. 250 p. ISBN: 9780262043601.

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.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

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.
Journal article

Half-Lives of Hackers and the Shelf Life of Hacks
Follis, L., Fish, A.R. 1/02/2017 In: Limn. 8
Journal article

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.
Book/Film/Article review

Happiness and abolitionism: decentering crime, punishment and time
Follis, L. 23/08/2016 In: Penal abolitionism. EG Press
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

Anti-Crisis by Janet Roitman Reviewed
Follis, L. 30/06/2015 In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
Book/Film/Article review

Edgework, state power, and hacktivists
Fish, A., Follis, L. 2015 In: Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. 5, 2, p. 383-390. 8 p.
Journal article

Of friendless and stained men: grafting Medieval sanctions onto democratic law
Follis, L. 06/2014 In: Comparative law. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

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.
Journal article

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.
Book/Film/Article review

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.
Book/Film/Article review

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.
Journal article